As schools start preparing for next year, it is clear they need a plan that balances online learning with the traditional classroom. Blended learning has been rising in popularity for years, and now promises to help schools shift and strengthen their lesson planning for the future.
What is blended learning?
The Oxford Dictionary defines blended learning as “a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching”. Having lesson plans built to incorporate online learning and in person lessons will make transitioning from one to the other easier, as students and teachers will have experience using all of tools and can strengthen lessons by leveraging new technology to teach more abstract concepts.
What do schools need for blended learning?
The Online and Blended Learning Guide from Eschool News, the key to a successful blended learning set up is to think of deployment less like an event and more like a process. Schools will need to find the tools and technologies that fit best with their current practices, and that may take time.
Schools will need to invest in hardware for 1:1 deployment initiatives, software for classroom management and IT services, curriculum that can easily transition from use in the classroom to online, and flexible technology that can be leveraged in and out of the classroom. To learn more about what these solutions may be, check out our recent blog post.
Why do schools need to implement blended learning solutions?
Blended learning isn’t a new concept for educators. Many schools have been leveraging blended learning programs for quite some time. However, in the aftermath of the COVID-19, it is clear schools need to be able to leverage both online and in person lessons effectively or risk the continuity of learning for years to come. By taking action to plan blended learning incentives now, schools ensure future success for students and staff.
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