Getting real on the real world obstacles to blended learning
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If you are considering starting an Online program, a good place to start is the The International Association for K-12 Online Learning website
In particular, they have an entire section on resources and a good getting started guide http://www.onlineprogramhowto.org/decisions/resources/
Here is a great take away from this article. Katrina Schwartz writes about Brian Greenberg and his findings:
Greenberg intends to apply one important lesson he learned from the program to the schools funded by the Silicon Valley Fund: Technology in no way replaces the teacher. At some point the usefulness of technology runs out and the educator’s role is crucial. He also says that technology doesn’t preclude the need for a good classroom management systems and positive school culture. Kids can get off track or “fake” work on sophisticated software just as easily as they could in a traditional classroom.
And lastly, Greenberg says it’s hard for schools to navigate the many tools that populate the ed-tech space, especially when each is tailored to a different subject and use. He says the whole field needs to become more integrated, almost like an app store for ed-tech, and one that works across platforms. Schools don’t have access to endless money and as a result, ed-tech entrepreneurs and businesses need to design more precisely with the client in mind.
Here is a great article discussing different forms and permutations of blended learning