Special Report on Blended Learning

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. This special report, “Blended Learning: Breaking Down Barriers,” examines how K-12 systems are overcoming the challenges related to this approach.

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This report 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.
April 13, 2015 – Education Week

The Kent, Wash., district has set up kiosks with Web connectivity across the community, including public housing complexes, to help students take part in blended learning away from school.
District Loans Out Wireless Hubs to Bring Students Online
Businesses Build Online Wi-Fi Network in Ga. School District
Wi-Fi Hubs on Buses Connect Students in Transit
Multimedia: Creating an Out-of-School Wireless Community
April 15, 2015 – Education Week

School leaders and researchers often disagree about who should have the ultimate decisionmaking authority over buying blended learning software—central district offices, or individual schools?
D.C. Favors Centralized, but Flexible Ed-Tech Buying
Colo. System Lets Individual Schools Shape Ed-Tech Buying
April 13, 2015 – Education Week

Drawing conclusions about what works in blended learning is difficult, because of the amorphous nature of the term, rapid changes in technology and how it is used, and other factors.
April 15, 2015 – Education Week

In Mentor, Ohio, teachers test out and refine blended learning best practices in the “Catalyst,” a laboratory for educators to observe each other at work.
April 13, 2015 – Education Week

At the Intrinsic Schools' first permanent campus, students and teachers are working in spaces designed to support blended learning and a mix of individualized and group instruction.
April 13, 2015 – Education Week

A school district in Vancouver, Wash., has recast the duties of librarians to serve as experts in technology and blended learning strategies, capable of training peers on the use of digital tools.
April 15, 2015 – Education Week

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