Kickin’ it old school and inventing the future
- customized learning: students learn at the right level, pace and mode
- competency-based: students progress based on demonstrated mastery
- productive staffing: teams of teachers work together for student success
- expanded opportunity: more time and more access to good teachers/content/courses
Innosight Institute summarized some of these new models in The Rise of Blended Learning. With Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Wise chaired a policy development process called Digital Learning Now that outlined the new policy framework for the transition to blended learning.
Andy’s blog this week (with the ridiculous title, Can Computers Replace Teachers?) suggested that technology was a distraction from the real work of improving instruction–a decidedly old school view. There is some benefit to using technology to try to improve the old version of school (and, by the way, a lot of education technology initiatives sound surprisingly old school in their ambitions). But the real benefit of technology will be in the development of new learning progressions–pathways that combine adaptive learning, social learning, and project-based learning–that are engaging, efficient, and effective.
An inter-agency military group announced a $20 million blended learning award yesterday. They weren’t planning on improving classroom instruction, they were planning on inventing rapid pathways to mastery. We need more of this thinking in K-12. It’s time to invent the future of learning.
In addition to an old school reform agenda, every school district needs an innovation agenda. They build a five year plan that brings the benefits of personal digital learning to every student. The challenge for school leaders is to find the right balance of execution and innovation–running a good school today and phasing in the future.
Most states will be adopting online assessment in the next three years. That’s an appropriate timeline to fully embrace Digital Learning Now agenda and for schools to adapt blended learning models that extend the benefits of personal digital learning to every student.
This blog first appeared on Huffington Post.
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