Schools Must Bring Creativity to Blended Learning
It’s nearly impossible nowadays to buy a cup of coffee without having to sort through the several blends your local barista has to offer. What started in the high-end coffee shops to cater to the coffee aficionados among us has driven even the local 7-Elevens to offer a few blends, from bland to robust. The secret is in combining beans of different flavors to create the perfect taste experience or, for a philistine like me, merely the appropriate jolt of caffeine.
Schools are doing their own blending as well, not with coffee beans, but with just the right mix of technology and face-to-face instruction. It’s hard to find a district that is not working on its own version of blended learning. As I review what’s out there, however, I am reminded more of bland instant coffee than a double espresso.
Why am I disappointed? Because educators are failing to exploit the new and emerging technologies in ways that will give student learning opportunities...
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- Associate Director of Curriculum & Instruction
- Generation Ready, New York, NY
- Grand Center Arts Academy, St. Louis, MO
- Superintendent of Schools
- Florence Public School District One, Florence, SC
- Senior Technical Assistance Consultant (7372)
- American Institutes for Research, Naperville, IL
- 3rd Grade Teacher
- New Hope Academy Charter School, Brooklyn, NY