Students Critique Blended Learning Experiences
Students weigh benefits and drawbacks of blended learning
Learning partly online and partly in a face-to-face environment helps students move through the curriculum at their own pace, but also requires them to take more responsibility for their own learning, students in hybrid schools say.
"I started coming here because of the independent way of learning and how you could progress through classes at your own pace," says Alex Kam, an 11th grader at the San Francisco Flex Academy , where students spend part of their time learning through an online curriculum and the other part in pullout groups with teachers. Kam has been going to the school since it opened in fall 2010.
Before coming to the 178-student academy, which serves grades 9-12, Kam was in a traditional school environment where he would get bored with his classes because he had the potential to progress faster than his peers, but was not allowed to do so, he says. As a result,...
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