Bringing Integrated Technology & Face-to-Face Time Together
Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace, while still attending a “brick-and-mortar” school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities.
The Benefits of Blended Learning
Don't let the lack of technology stop you! Using the “Rotation” model, those without technology are provided opportunity to explore in class what others have explored at home. In addition, libraries are becoming places where students can use various media, often providing them with a safe, quiet, and resource-rich environment in which they otherwise would not have interacted.
Using technology in class provides teachers with the opportunity to better use their time in face-to-face interactions with students. With students previewing, reviewing, or extending tasks online (through the use of videos, interactives, etc.) they are able to determine areas of strengths and weakness so that in-class time can be spent challenging or supporting individual students at their personal level.
Technology used for formative assessment can also provide instant data to support “at the moment” instruction. Groups can be quickly developed based on immediate need and teachers can better instruct students at their level and pace, providing necessary supports and challenges to ensure that all students receive the quality instruction they need and deserve.