In this article, Cindy Elsberry, the former superintendent of Horry County Schools in South Carolina, a high-poverty district which won national acclaim for its digital transformation, discusses the importance of blended learning. First, she outlines the six main types of blended learning models used to combine online learning with direct instruction to create a personalized environment for students. She goes on to detail the ways in which blended learning can magnify teachers’ power by supporting their ability to differentiate instruction and provide formative data about student learning. Teachers can use this data to tailor their lessons to learning needs, while students gain a sense of ownership over learning when they can track their own progress.
This article provides an excellent overview of blended learning and outlines several reasons to support a shift to this instructional practice. It could serve as a good introduction and advocacy piece for members of the public or families in school communities beginning or considering a blended learning model.
Source Organization: District Administration