Blended Learning: What It Is and What It Is Not

Catlin Tucker

The pandemic has elevated the phrase “blended learning.” ” When schools closed or shifted to hybrid schedules, many institutions turned to blended learning to navigate the new demands placed on teachers and educational institutions.

Personalizing Learning: Flexible Pace & Path

Education Elements

In 2014, Education Elements promoted the notion of "Integrated Digital Content" as a core component of blended learning. Personalized Learning

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Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

The Christensen Institute

Recently, more than a few education headlines have focused on the concerns surrounding the shaky meaning of personalized learning, oftentimes highlighting the anxieties posed by critics that personalized means the use of technology at the expense of student’s social-emotional development or that personalization is the agenda of Silicon Valley titans. Larry Cuban’s look at an array of personalized approaches demonstrates this tendency.

1-to-1, Blended Learning Enables Personalized Learning: Walk Through an Example Lesson

The Journal

"1-to-1, blended learning is the future of educational technology." 1-to-1, blended learning enables student inquiry, which is at the core of personalized learning. And personalized learning is the hottest item in K-12 today. Walk with us through a blended learning lesson in this week’s blog post Never hath a truer statement been spoken!

Differentiating with Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Personalized learning is the latest buzzword in an education environment bursting with new ideas but this one is impressive. In a sentence, personalized learning: “tailors instruction, expression of learning, and assessment to each student’s unique needs and preferences.” If you think it sounds like differentiated instruction, it does with this caveat: Personalized learning is student-directed, student-paced, and designed for each learner.

The Technology Trap: Can You Personalize Learning Without Devices?

Education Elements

I hear educators across the country telling themselves the same lie: “I would love to personalize learning for students, but I can’t because I don’t have the technology.” Or sometimes it’s phrased a little differently: “This initiative is great, but I’m behind the times with technology.” Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education School Districts EdTech communicationsI was lying to myself and didn’t even realize it.

Rhode Island Approves IXL for K-12 Blended Learning and Assessment

eSchool News

IXL Learning , the K-12 personalized learning platform used by 11 million students, has been approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) for use under two statewide initiatives. Individualizing learning for every student. About IXL Learning .

4 tips for developing effective professional development for blended learning

The Christensen Institute

With the growing prevalence of blended learning in classrooms across the country, the need for teacher training for effective implementation is more critical than ever. In order to better understand the skills and training required to implement blended learning effectively, I conducted a three-year doctoral research study at three public school sites in Los Angeles. Allow teachers to experience blended learning as a learner.

Balance with Blended Learning is Available Now!

Catlin Tucker

I want students to know that their teachers are there to support them as they work because learning is a process and everyone needs feedback and help to improve. Learning assessment balance blendedlearning feedback metacognition

An Introduction to Blended Learning Instruction

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kiddom , a transformative approach to teaching and personalized learning, has a new guide available for teachers–and it’s free: Blended Learning 101: An Introduction to Blended Learning Instruction. Learn how to start a blended learning program in your classroom or at your school. More on tech integration: What parents should ask teachers about technology. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

College Credit Classes in Remote Teaching/Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through the Midwest Teachers Institute , I offer four college-credit classes that teach how to blend technology with traditional lesson plans. In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives.

New resource: Personalized Learning Playbook

The Christensen Institute

Education Elements, an education consulting company, is one of the pioneers in blended learning. Through its experience working with K–12 schools to create blended-learning programs, it has been at the forefront of developing some of the tools, models, and expertise for making blended learning work. Given the company’s vast experience and impressive results , it was exciting to read CEO and Founder Anthony Kim’s new book, Personalized Learning Playbook.

Are you really personalizing learning?

The Christensen Institute

In a recent post , we shed light on the difference between blended learning—an instructional modality that describes integrating technology to deliver some content—and personalized learning—a philosophy that believes in a combination of modalities and goals for better and (and in some cases, new) outcomes for students. Across the K–12 education landscape, teachers have by far the biggest impact on student learning and student experiences.

Advancing personalized learning with purpose

The Christensen Institute

At last week’s iNACOL Symposium, the conference halls were abuzz about the promise of personalized learning. In the same week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a report in partnership with RAND profiling promising academic results across schools pursuing a range of personalized approaches over the past two to three years. The term personalized learning, however, seems to be taking on a life of its own.

Will blended learning fulfill its disruptive potential?

The Christensen Institute

Given this history, could blended learning be just the latest educational fad to follow this same pattern? During the last decade, we’ve documented how online learning—often in the form of blended learning —is an innovation with disruptive potential to transform our antiquated, seat-time-based education system. Thus mainstream adoption of blended learning will come not from policy reform, but from persuading the people who work at the ground level in education.

Empowering Students and Teachers with Blended Learning

Battelle for Kids

Whenever I told people that I am a blended learning coach, I'd often get a quizzical look. "A What's a blended learning coach?" Just as frequently, I'd also get the question: "What exactly is blended learning, anyway?" August 20, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 9. Driving Question: How might the work of district leaders transform daily instruction? A what?

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

On a shelf in her Chicago classroom, third grader Arianna has a thick binder that details her achievements, strengths and goals as a student, along with some revealing information about her personality. Chicago has embraced personalized learning in a big way.

The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

By definition , online learning is part of any blended learning classroom. It is the key innovation for enabling student-centered learning at scale. Given this fact, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of technology—devices and software—as blended learnings’ core, defining feature. The most important element in blended learning is one that’s been in classrooms for centuries. Technology with learning needs students – 0.57.

Overcoming 3 challenges of introducing blended learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

Introducing blended learning experiences in core subjects presents many opportunities over traditional print-heavy classrooms. These opportunities include more up-to-date, interactive, and engaging content, data capture at the task level that is connected across the curriculum, more standardized instruction delivery, and improvement of teacher and student technology skills. But introducing blended learning in the classroom is not the easiest thing to do.

One major barrier to high-quality blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Today in 2019, blended learning isn’t a new phenomenon. First, the good news: During the nine years since the Institute’s first blended learning report , we’ve seen an increasing number of schools adopt blended learning, iterate on their practices, codify what works, and share their strategies. During that same time, we’ve also seen gradual improvements in the devices, software, and online learning resources that educators use to support blended learning.

5 blended-learning myths to bust in 2019

The Christensen Institute

In February 2016, the Christensen Institute debuted the Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—an online hub of blended learning resources—in response to more and more schools across the U.S. implementing a blended-learning strategy for students. Lab Rotation: The online learning station occurs in a dedicated computer lab. Flex: Students move on fluid schedules among online learning activities according to their needs.

How we improved our blended-learning program

eSchool News

Ubiquitous access to technology means that acquiring knowledge is no longer dependent solely on a classroom teacher. Access to unlimited new information has created seemingly contradictory qualities in today’s students—more self-reliant and independent, but with a preference toward collaborative learning environments and comfortable learning with other students. Today’s students believe technology should be seamlessly connected to their academic experiences.

Blended learning up close—really close

The Christensen Institute

Next-gen learning has fallen into this trap. Particularly as EdTech penetrates schools nationwide, we often speak to technology’s enormous potential to drive new frontiers in instruction and afford ambitious design choices. But to date, there is little data that captures the intricate, hidden details like the photograph above—data on the actual day-to-day tactics unfolding in blended-learning schools across the country.

Go Bold School: Old School + Blended Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Weston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick helps us how to go bold school with blended learning. Old school plus blended learning = bold school. In today’s show, Weston Kieschnick talks about blended learning and old school teaching: The old school wisdom we should hold onto. Book: Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New Technologies that Work = Blended Learning that Works. Blended learning in the bold school.

Bullish on blended-learning clusters

The Christensen Institute

An increasing number of regions are trying to create concentrated groups of blended-learning schools alongside education technology companies, which may be key to advancing the blended-learning field and increasing its odds of personalizing learning at scale to allow every child to be successful. One question is which, if any, of these emerging potential blended-learning clusters will succeed.

5 Key elements of personalized learning

Neo LMS

Along with concepts like blended learning, adaptive learning and virtual learning, the need to focus on the main character in the learning process came about. This is how personalized learning became the key to every new approach to learning and teaching. Check out the key elements of personalized learning: 5 Key elements of personalized learning. Flexible learning environments. Personal learning paths.

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning. And I never tire of hearing stories from educators who are successfully implementing personalized approaches to provide their students a truly unique learning experience. Today, I'm amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning.

Personalizing Learning with Branching Google Forms

EdTechTeacher

The following article was published in the most recent edition of Digital Learning Magazine in my column, “The Tech Savvy Classroom with Shawn McCusker.”. Click here for a link to the complete article published in Digital Learning Magazine. Personalized learning creates a variety of challenges for teachers. Understanding the tools that can support the creation of a personalized path for each student is a key part of making it work.

Competency-based and blended learning: Friends or foes?

The Christensen Institute

Last week, I presented a webinar for the Michigan-based EdTech Specialists’ webinar series on blended learning and competency-based education. The presentation provided me with a chance to revisit a blog post I wrote two years ago on the overlap—or lack thereof—between competency-based and blended approaches to teaching and learning. Early on, as many in the field do, the overlap of blended and competency-based learning felt obvious to me.

3 tips on incorporating special education into your blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

This week I had the pleasure of participating in a discussion with the National Center for Learning Disabilities on how special education teachers and advocates can champion and inform the rise of personalized and blended learning in K–12 systems across the country. To get there, here are three areas that school systems implementing blended learning should start paying attention to: 1.

Is Blended Learning the Same as Technology-Rich Instruction?

FuelEd

Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 10:45am There’s a lot of confusion around blended learning and technology-rich instruction. Many schools think that because they use computers in the classroom they are a blended school. Yet, “blended learning” and “technology-rich instruction” mean something quite different. .

Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

The Christensen Institute

Conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, but some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues. Sean explains how blended learning has allowed him to be more in touch with his students and to collaborate with his colleagues.

5 blended-learning myths to bust in 2019

eSchool News

In February 2016, the Christensen Institute debuted the Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—an online hub of blended learning resources—in response to more and more schools across the U.S. implementing a blended-learning strategy for students. The BLU houses a directory of blended schools around the world. This directory has helped researchers amass an informative database indicating changes over time across the blended-learning space.

Personalized learning in the context of a person, not a school

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is the current big buzz in education. Everyone is trying to figure out how best to personalize the learning experience for each and every child. Like many others, I think customizing learning more deeply to match students’ interests, needs, and aspirations is what we should be doing to prepare today’s children for success in an ever-shifting, technology-fueled society and workplace.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through the Midwest Teachers Institute , I offer four college-credit classes that teach how to blend technology with traditional lesson plans. The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment.