Introduction Blended learning refers to any time a student in a traditional, brick and mortar school accesses learning through an online delivery. Considered a disruptive innovation, blended learning transforms the traditional factory like school into a personalized learning experience for students. By 2019, more than fifty percent of high school courses will be delivered online (Christensen, 2011). Therefore, there is a need for schools to investigate the options that best fit their vision, mission and community. In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Arne Duncan who has been the U.S. Secretary of Education since 2009 described the “new normal” of education and explained that schools will be required to do more with less (Duncan, 2010). Ultimately blended learning is a way to decrease spending, address teacher shortages and differentiate instruction in the classroom.
The definition of blended learning has often been debated. A mixture of face to face teacher led instruction and self-paced online instruction defines blended learning. This fairly new instructional method takes place, in part, in a brick and mortar setting (Graham, 2005). Overall there are six blended learning models that may vary depending on a variety of factors. Each models implementation may look different based on an organization’s physical space, staffing model, delivery methods and scheduling (Graham, 2005). Many districts and school leaders are of the same belief as Arne Duncan
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I am an active member of my school and community. At school I feel that i've gained the respect of my peers being elected as Student Council representative for the past four years. I have also been elected the treasurer of the choir, and secretary of the band. I am part of the Ross Middle School bucket drumming group and have been casted as part of the school theatre’s annual play. After school on Wednesdays I assist Ms. Rullman in helping students with homework and enhancing study methods. I am currently participating in science olympiad and have in the past. I am also an anchor on the popular Good Morning Ross Middle School weekly news show. In addition, I have been a part of National Junior Honor Society which takes part in service projects
Schwartz (2013) discusses how blended learning can be a mix of online and in-person instruction or hybrid class. Blended learning is a combination of the physical and digital tools, which integrate face-to-face pedagogical methods with a mixture of in class instruction, online work, and peer collaboration all intertwined with choices, creativity, and differentiated instruction that keeps student’s engaged as they learn. Blackboard, Ramport, and Banner allows faculty and staff members’ access to university data that is need to track the student’s VA benefits.
One of the most important principles that should be taken into consideration before switching to blended learning is the effect of tech usage on general human communication
Senior year rapidly is coming to an end, I’ve had the opportunity to see many of my friends come to the exciting moment in their life when they sign that dotted line and I was still waiting on my chance. My entire life I had dreamt of the day to finally committed to a college basketball team, this was my goal and it had to be my purpose in life. January 18, 2015 at 4:41 PM I got an exciting text from Truett-Mcconnell’s head coach, Matt Sanders, stating,” Good afternoon Claudia this is Coach Sanders from Truett-Mcconnell College, and I really feel like we need to begin the recruiting process with you! Sorry to bother you on a Sunday, but I just didn’t want to let time slip away! I look forward to hearing back from you!” Here was my chance!
Good afternoon everyone, I have decided to go after question one this week regarding to the second great awakening. Just going over the course book readings and sparked my interest to do this section. Religion played a major role within the United States and where people were committing numerous sins. Some were going to become a Methodist, Christian, Catholic, Protestant and Lutheran. Picking a religion wasn't easy for some but easy for others. Take this for example; Methodist and Catholics have two different beliefs when you die and go to heaven. With the Catholic side of things, it believes in happiness will help you go to heaven. While Methodist chooses the salvation and glory which brings the deceased to heaven
This session focuses on the critical importance of ongoing professional learning for a successful blended learning transition. Participants will examine the core competencies of blended teaching as they think about the professional learning content that needs to be addressed. Participants will also discuss the core principles of effective professional learning, as they explore and plan models aligned to these principles with approaches that are ongoing, job-embedded, personalized, collaborative and connected to content. An important focus of this session is the key role of the principal in leading
The key components of disruptive blended learning model is giving students some control over the time, place, path and the pace of their learning. The students’ ability to learn according to their style will help accelerate their learning potential. Instead of teaching to the middle, the students have their own personalize education that helps reach for their potential and still meet the standard of the state’s education. Another key components of disruptive blended learning model are that part of learning happens in supervising, brick-and-mortar location. The technology does not replace the teacher, the teachers are there to help mentor and guide the students on their correct path. By having students been at the location, the teachers can
Blended learning has been used in my own classroom for various content areas, but not in a workshop approach so I was interested in learning specifics. I was excited to discover how I could effectively implement this into my own writing workshops as I began to plan the new year. Authors Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen did not disappoint me because they offered a clear step-by-step solution to a flipped approach.
As a member of Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Leaders Engaging in Advance Discoveries (LEAD), were are expected to complete eighty hours of service over the course of two academic school years. Each semester VCU LEAD students are required to complete twenty hours of service, ten-community engagement hours and ten leadership hours. I believe that having a requirement of participation hours pushes students to get involved on VCU’s campus and the greater Richmond area, introduces time management, as well as influences them to reflect on their new found experiences.
At the end of last decade, middle schoolers, college students, and young professionals watched in horror as the stock market lost more than half its value over a year and a half span. College savings accounts were decimated, retirement plans postponed, and, in more dire situations, homes and cars were lost.
In the past, a pen and paper test or an online test could more or less be trusted to provide an accurate score of a student’s academic level, yet the emergence of technology brought into question the validity and accuracy of non-proctored testing. To combat this issue, my institution, as well as many others, have implemented a blended approach to administer our placement tests. This approach combines the old school traditional in-class methodologies, alongside of online learning. Studies have shown that the concept and format of blended learning can improve the learning experience (Garrison & Vaughan, 2008, pp. 3). This approach was a driving factor behind the implementation of utilizing Accuplacer as the college’s exclusive placement test, as Accuplacer provides an online and proctored testing format.
These two modules demonstrate components of suggestions made by Ko and Rossen (2017) and Ragan (2017) of the practices that are best used when conducting a blended or online course. Although MIT’s course is described as a blended learning environment, Saylor Academy’s course is solely facilitated online; the two share many similarities and few differences. Besides the contrast of the learning environment each course final assessment of learning competencies is different, i.e. MIT: portfolio submission versus Saylor Academy: password-protected timed final exam. Furthermore, MIT provides students the opportunity to collaborate, discuss, and learn independently as students reflect in blogs about classroom observations and through written assessments. This approach is unlike Saylor Academy’s asynchronous, independent study, knowledge base – through recall approach learning opportunity for students.
These trends of technology, collaboration, and blended learning should be celebrated and supported by the education community and the students within it. As technology advances and curriculums become more diverse, schools need to evolve with the changing society. If that means adding more group projects or leaving the pen and paper behind, so be it because “learning is not a spectator sport” (D. Blocher). Everyone must be engaged in the education and supportive of its changes. I fully expect my future classes at Bridgewater College to include and celebrate the teachers who “think outside the
Have you ever felt the pain knowing you and the people beside you might not be there tomorrow? Have you ever known the feeling of having your family oceans away? Although I have never felt anything close to that, I have empathy for those who have. I feel others should realize all of the Veteran’s pain, and their sacrifice, just for us! For our Freedom! Freedom of Education, of Speech, of Choice and many more. I say “ Thank you.” to the Veterans. Yet, it’s not just the Veterans that make sacrifices.