How to Do More
LESSONS FROM ONLINE LEARNING
Schools everywhere are facing a difficult conundrum. Parents and the government continue
to ask them to educate more children
at higher standards with less time and
less money. On top of that, students
must master a whole new set of skills—
digital age skills—if they are to succeed. What’s a school to do?
These strategies and resources
can help teachers from any learning
environment, including traditional
face-to-face classrooms, engage students and teach them digital age skills
more efficiently and affordably.
Two innovative online learning
strategies—the blended classroom
and the flipped classroom—
maximize face-to-face time by enabling
increased student-to-student and
student-to-teacher interaction as well
as more personalized instruction focused on individual learning needs.
Both strategies also foster the development of independent learning
skills, similar to those gained from
online courses, as students learn at
their own pace and take responsibility for seeking out free educational
resources on the web.
Blended teaching. The term blended refers to mixing traditional face-to-face
instruction with online learning practices. In blended classrooms, teachers
use digital content, resources, and tools
to enhance, extend, and transform the
learning process. This approach results
in the best of both worlds, including