Blended Learning

Bringing Integrated Technology & Face-to-Face Time Together

Blended Learning

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.

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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.

Deb Ramm, FuseRI Fellow working to collaborate with the state's districts to assess readiness, analyze data, and help disseminate best blended learning practices based on each district’s specific needs

Deb Ramm has been a fourth grade teacher in RI since 1997. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who has done a significant amount of professional development in the areas of science, math, and technology. She had been both a participant and trainer for RI Teachers and Technology Initiative since 1998, and has been working to transform her classroom into a blended learning environment using her class website as a launchpad, as well as laptops and iPads with her students daily. She has presented digital storytelling workshops highlighting the work of her students (often with her students) at various local forums, including the Learning First Alliance, RI Department of Education's Innovation Powered by Technology, and the Highlander's Blended Learning Conferences. Debra is a founding member of EdUnderground, a hands-on laboratory where teachers can discover, explore, create and experiment with technology integration strategies, blended learning models, and other innovative tactics using hardware platforms and software programs to support the diverse needs of students.