Have you ever thought to yourself how hard it is to teach a person how to do a certain thing? What does it actually take to make it work?
Blended Learning How To Integrate Online And Traditional Learning
“Where did that misplaced faith in myself come from?”
These are the questions that come to mind as I examine the commercial material for worksheets and books that claim to supplement critical thinking and critical thinking skills in our K-12 school system with courses on “communications, reading, writing, and math.”
By promising that these courses not only measure and reinforce learning, but will also infuse students with a new hope for their own lives—and maybe some financial stability to boot—they get us all to feel duped and to wonder if there’s a lesson we should be learning.
But while many educators are engaged in pushing back against online curricula in the schools, in the broader education and child-care market it’s also becoming a tactic that schools should not shy away from. The world isn’t only changing faster than ever before, but it’s also changing in ways that haven’t been previously considered.
In the very near future, most classroom time may indeed be spent online. But there are a number of schools and districts who are also moving to incorporate online learning within the school day. They’ve found that by doing so, students are able to focus on the things that they find most challenging and interesting. They’re also generating more natural student-teacher relationships, resulting in greater trust in the educational environment.
There are a number of schools and districts who are also moving to incorporate online learning within the school day.
It may well be that the most natural way to deal with problems in our educational environment is to involve students and their instructors in the solution. Our students will need more experiences with various diverse classes to bring them up to speed with the realities of higher education.
We must adapt to the world we live in, so that we can better serve our students’ and students’ communities. In fact, even though they can access school content via the internet, the fact that many students are logging into e-books and learning materials for the first time is actually a testament to just how quickly the shift has taken place.
So, what should schools do? Well, if they’ve already implemented online learning through technology as part of their curriculum, the last thing they should do is let it fade into the background. Rather, they should focus on how to make the experiences more rich and more useful for students.
Why would the tech giant Adobe want to help in this way? Because the young minds we have in schools are the kind that are more likely to be the ones who are developing the next generation of entrepreneurs and journalists. And that can’t happen unless we help our young students develop the broad skills needed to collaborate with others and grow as learners.
So what might this look like?
Teachers who already have an online presence as creators of teachers’ apps and websites should invest in connecting with their colleagues online, so that they can improve their communication and facilitate collaboration.
Teachers who already have an online presence as creators of teachers’ apps and websites should invest in connecting with their colleagues online, so that they can improve their communication and facilitate collaboration. Schools and districts who are preparing for the changing economic landscape should consider introducing internships and other sortie opportunities for students in all areas of curriculum to cultivate their spirit of innovation.
Teachers who are already located in multiple locations should consider training each other so that they can focus on instructional practice together. And students shouldn’t be afraid to speak up if they know their teachers are not meeting their needs or challenging them to think more deeply about the topics they’re learning in class.
These are just a few suggestions of what schools can do to ensure they’re as relevant as possible. It may be that we don’t actually need to embrace a particular model or system to prepare our students for the world that’s going to be online soon. But given that they are their future, our students will most likely depend on us for their guidance.
So this is our opportunity to lead and lead well. Our students may not need lessons from us when they go to college. In fact, maybe a little online learning of their own will prepare them for when they do.
That doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t study the pros and cons of the various ways we use technology. The world is changing too fast for us to care about this stuff. But our students surely do. It’s their future. And what they need more than ever is some vision for how they can help guide that journey.
In his new book, How to Kill School, Jeff Jarvis demonstrates how schools and government should make the most of this opportunity. And Will Brown, the executive director of the National Center for School Leadership and Educational Innovation at the University of Maryland, explains why personalized learning could be the world’s greatest gift.
When two of America’s biggest thinkers on education tackle this topic, one thing is clear: Schools and governments should