Blended Learning

More classrooms have high-tech devices. More schools have speedy Internet connections. And more teachers are mixing technology into their lessons. Can blended learning improve academic outcomes? Will it help disadvantaged students? The Hechinger Report explores the way new technology is changing what we teach and learn. See all our Special Reports

Organic adoption of one classroom technology leads to a seamless way to share other ideas

When Jessica Schon decided to start using a new method for managing classroom behaviors, no one in the district had told her to do it. Instead, Schon started using a…

Kids code their own 3D creations with new blocks-based design program

Adam Green, an instructor at Einstein’s Workshop, shows 3D printers to students learning BlocksCAD, a free 3D-design software developed at the Workshop. Photo: Chris Berdik On…

Why one school district tried something new — even though people were happy with the status quo

Trace Pickering, associate superintendent, Cedar Rapids Community School District Education reform is often framed as an issue for schools that are failing to meet expectations. Schools where…

More schools have modern Internet and computers. What are they doing with them?

At the Arlington Independent School District in Texas, school leaders aren’t just interested in if teachers are using technology. They want to know how it’s being used, and what kind…

Summit Public Schools personalizes instruction with technology so teachers can work with students individually and in small groups.

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning…

Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?

As more schools scurry to bring technology to the classroom, some say dodgy programs are growing like weeds — and they threaten the existence of successful programs. Too many students…

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

Open access to phones for high school students? Kentucky teacher weighs pros and cons.


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“Paying attention?” an app asks – helping kids monitor their own classroom behavior

  Photo: AP Images Between kids chattering, bolting from their seats or simply staring out the window, keeping students focused is…

Are ed tech financiers beginning to listen to teachers?

Expect changes at this year’s ASU+GSV Summit, an annual education technology gathering with a reputation as a bustling conference for high-rolling financiers and hoodie-wearing start-up founders. There were new…

Try again: Why online courses might not be the best way to teach students who are at risk of algebra failure

Simply sitting a teenager down in front of a computer to click through online lessons – in a class he or she has already failed – doesn’t seem to work,…