The growth of blended learning in K-12 has sparked significant interest for educators everywhere. Across the nation, schools and districts are receiving grants and implementing pilot programs for blended environments. A recent CNN article covered a blended learning environment that has not only been very successful with students, but also a more affordable way to teach.

But what is blended learning exactly? The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation defines it as follows:

A formal education program in which a student learns:

a)     At least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace

b)     At least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home;

c)     And the modalities along with each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.

Blended classrooms look very different than the traditional education model. In blended classrooms, students aren’t sitting at their desks; they are participating— learning and teaching each other, watching instructional videos, and engaging in one-on-one face time with the teacher.

Case Study: Lawrence Public Schools

In 2013, Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas had a vision – to increase both teacher-student face-time while increasing student engagement. Partnering with Blackboard, together they crafted a robust blended learning program, leveraging Blackboard solutions, as part of the curriculum. Students learn through a combination of online as well as supervised classroom instruction. They watch flipped lessons on their devices, teach each other concepts, work in groups or alone, and interact individually with the teacher.

“When you can step out and just watch the kids work and they’re just so engaged that they lose all track of time, that to me is authentic engagement and that is what we’re producing in these classrooms.” Dr. Angelique Kobler, Assistant Superintendent forTeaching & Learning, Lawrence Public Schools

Not only is it a rewarding experience for Dr. Kobler, but teachers across the district are giving the blended learning environment their highest praise. Take a look at some of these statistics from the Lawrence blended learning teachers:

  • 98% believe student engagement has increased
  • 95% believe students’ attitudes have improved since implementing blended learning
  • 100% agree it provides more time to work with individual students during class
  • 97% believe it is more equitable for all students than traditional learning

Ready to learn more about the possibilities of blended learning in your school? Read the newly released eBook publication entitled 5 Ways to Blend With Blackboard. This exciting piece talks about the myriad of ways you can incorporate blended learning and where to get started.

Blended learning opens up possibilities for your students to excel in a 21st century learning environment. Learn how you can successfully implement blended learning in your school or district.

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