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Blended Learning - The Future of Education?

Keith Heggart High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

I found this article the other day - really interesting reading about the way schools in the US have started to take up Blended/ Online approaches to learning. To my mind, it seems there is a profusion of tools for this purpose and, after a bit of a delay, it seems schools are finally getting on board. What do you think?

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/01/12/some-see-blended-learning-as-futur...

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Community Manager at Education-Tech Startup

Evernote in the Classroom

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I read this excellent article today:

http://gettingsmart.com/news/evernote-write-organize-share-notes-in-a-mo...

and there's a great video that really highlights the blended learning approach - with laptops as an aide to teaching, rather than a replacement. The only issue I can see with the blended learning approach is the cost of providing students with computers. There's definitely an opportunity for the education-tech community to give back in the form of hardware and software.

High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Hi Tera,Nice to hear from

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Hi Tera,
Nice to hear from you, and I agree, it's an excellent article. I've just Scooped It. I've worked in a couple of schools now that have gone to a 1:1 approach, and from what I've seen it's not the hardware that's expensive - it's the Professional Development that has to accompany it.

Editor&Designer at a Media company specialised in Smart Learning

I believe that there will be

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I believe that there will be sensational wave in the educational system all around the world and technology is the key main fact. Thanks for sharing nice article ! :) loved reading it

Instructional Technology Specialist for Union County Public Schools

Union County Schools are the

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Union County Schools are the largest 1 to 1 in the state of North Carolina. We have rolled out all 6, 7, and 8 grade to date and within the next two years we will be adding 9 - 12 to that. I have to agree with Keith that the Professional Development is the most important piece. (most expensive???) Our Instructional Technology Staff is the group that prepares and delivers all the the PD to the teachers. This PD is ongoing and required (generally once a month focusing on important 21st Century Skills). Other PD that is offered is optional but highly attended by our teachers.

Technology that works in a classroom...

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I have had fabulous results in a classroom where I introduced technology as a method for project based learning...I have seen students rising from the lowest grades to highest grades...

High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Hi Shephali, How did you use

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Hi Shephali,
How did you use the technology? What kinds of apps or programs did you include? How did it support the learning? This kind of detailed information is really useful for teachers, I find.

Keith

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