Published Online:
Published in Print: April 13, 2015, as About This Report

Report Summary: Breaking Down Barriers to Blended Learning

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

“Blended Learning: Breaking Down Barriers” examines some of the most intractable challenges schools face in trying to use technology to improve teaching and learning—and how K-12 systems are attempting to clear those hurdles.

In simple terms, blended learning is a strategy to combine technology-based instruction with traditional, teacher-to-student lessons. And it exists everywhere in school districts these days.

Yet many schools find there’s a gap between what they aspire to accomplish with technology and what they can actually make happen. It’s a disconnect fueled by myriad factors, including students’ lack of Internet access away from school, teachers’ lack of confidence in using digital tools, and a murky research base for blended learning. The stories in this report explore schools’ efforts to find a way forward.

The report profiles districts’ attempts to extend Web access to students’ homes and communities. It offers examples of schools helping teachers master technology through peer coaching, and efforts to change the roles of librarians to meet schools’ digital needs.

Other stories debate the merits of giving individual schools greater autonomy to make their own ed-tech purchasing decisions—or leaving that power in the hands of districts’ central offices. The report examines a Chicago charter school designed from the ground up with blended learning in mind. And it dissects what the research says about blended learning—and the prevailing uncertainty about how to interpret the evidence that does exist.

Education Week’s hope is that these stories inform readers’ understanding of the vision and reality of blended learning, and offer ideas on how to resolve the questions schools confront every day.

Vol. 34, Issue 27, Page s3

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories