Breaking Down Barriers
April 13, 2015
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.
- Classroom Technology Colo. System Lets Individual Schools Shape Ed-Tech BuyingA Colorado district has given its schools significant leeway in making decisions about buying blended learning software, despite the challenges in ceding purchasing authority.Classroom Technology D.C. Favors Centralized, But Flexible Ed-Tech BuyingThe District of Columbia school system arranged to purchase a blended learning software program, ST Math, through its central office, but left decisions whether to adopt it to individual schools.IT Infrastructure Businesses Build Online Wi-Fi Network in Ga. School DistrictA network of about 50 businesses and facilities in Forsyth County, Ga., are advertising themselves as offering free Wi-Fi to students who are seeking to continue their blended-learning lessons outside school.IT Infrastructure District Loans Out Wireless Hubs to Bring Students OnlineThe Green Bay, Wisc., district allows students, many of them from poor backgrounds, to check out mobile, wireless hotspots so that they have the Web connectivity to do online assignments.Classroom Technology Report Summary: Breaking Down Barriers to Blended LearningThis 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.Teaching District Extends Wi-Fi to Students in Public HousingThe 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.School Climate & Safety Chicago School Designed With Blended Learning in MindAt 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.Classroom Technology K-12 Librarians' Roles Shift to Meet Digital DemandsA 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.