Blended Learning

The latest news about blended learning, the combination of technology-based instruction with traditional, teacher-to-student lessons. This page including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Third grader Steven Pena, 8, does his schoolwork alongside classmates at Chicago International Charter School West Belden. The school has a 1-to-1 computing program, but is trying to create a better balance between the use of technology and the development of interpersonal skills.
—Laura McDermott for Education Week

Case Study: When Personalized Learning Requires a More Human Touch

A Chicago charter school that emphasizes personalized learning has delayed introducing new technologies for the past two years and emphasized social skills. (November 6, 2018)

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Quiz Yourself: Personalized Learning
What attributes define personalized learning, how have personalized learning initiatives shifted over time, and what does research say about the effectiveness of this instructional approach?

Spotlight on Blended Learning

In this Spotlight, discover how a district’s blended learning program is building positive school culture, why personalized learning is coming under scrutiny, and tips educators can use to make blended learning more student-centered.

Digital Education Blog

04/06 11:58 am | New York City Schools Ban Zoom as Privacy Concerns Mount | The district is cracking down after an increase in privacy and security concerns around the popular videoconference platform.

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Personalized Learning: Vision vs. Reality
Education Week takes a hard look at the big arguments against personalized learning, what the latest research says about it, and how the approach is playing out in classrooms.

Personalized Learning: 4 Big Questions Shaping the Movement Four critical questions about personalized learning are prompting educators to take a harder look at this approach and determine if they need to correct any missteps.

Leaders to Learn From

Michele Eaton: Recognized for Leadership in Blended Learning As the director of virtual and blended learning at Indiana's Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Michele Eaton strives to bring personalized learning to students and teachers. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.

Patricia Deklotz: Recognized for Leadership in Innovation
Patricia Deklotz, the superintendent of the Kettle Moraine School District in Wales, Wis., instills a culture of personalized learning in which students choose how and what they learn and teachers create their own microcredentials to advance their careers. She is recognized as a 2017 Leader To Learn From.

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The schools in a recent study faced numerous hurdles in turning personalized learning principles into classroom realities, but there were signs of progress.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Here are answers to your most basic questions about OER, the movement to share curricula and teaching resources online.
March 29, 2017 – Education Week
Some schools are betting on algorithm-driven playlists to customize lessons for students, but the technology doesn't come cheap—at least not yet.
March 29, 2017 – Education Week
After three decades of writing about the classroom limitations of technology, the Stanford professor talks about his observations of some promising approaches.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
But the idea that digital tools can benefit students’ social-emotional development is controversial, with critics claiming children are already spending too much time online.
October 19, 2016 – Education Week
The students said the results that the web app Happify generated for each of them confirmed some thoughts they had about themselves.
October 19, 2016 – Education Week
Educators are asking tougher questions to sort the real personalized learning potential from the empty promises of some ed-tech products and services.
October 19, 2016 – Education Week
Thanks to declining state aid and disappearing federal e-rate subsidies for "legacy" technologies, districts are struggling to pay for telephone equipment and services.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Student-centered classrooms that use problem-based learning and differentiation are not all that they're cracked up to be, writes teacher Brian Field.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
A growing share of the U.S. labor force works from home, and a handful of tech-savvy school districts in Alabama, Minnesota, and New Jersey have taken note.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week

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