There is little doubt that technology is a key tool to enable student-centered teaching and learning. After all, it was this premise that led to the great 1:1 race in which schools and districts invested hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars to get devices into the hands of as many students as possible. […]

5 myths about blended learning to bust

January 31, 2019 | by Chelsea Waite

This piece was co-written with Jenny White and originally appeared on the74million.org. Over the past several years, more and more schools across the U.S. have been implementing blended-learning strategies for their students. What is blended learning? It is a formal education program that must have three components: It must be part online, with students having […]

How to avoid the student learning plateau in blended programs

January 29, 2019 | by Elizabeth Anthony

It takes time to achieve results. Whether starting a new exercise program, restructuring your team, or trying out a new morning routine, we’ve all realized that it usually takes months or even years to see the results of our hard work. Since I started my role as a blended-learning coordinator in 2016, I have found […]

Blended-learning advice for educators from educators

January 16, 2019 | by Jenny White

“What’s the one piece of advice you’d give educators leading emerging blended-learning programs?” is among the set of questions we ask educators on school profiles in the BLU directory—and it often yields the most interesting responses. With 2019 underway, if you’re an educator reading this blog, chances are you’re kicking off a new blended practice […]

Recently, more than a few education headlines have focused on the concerns surrounding the shaky meaning of personalized learning, oftentimes highlighting the anxieties posed by critics that personalized means the use of technology at the expense of student’s social-emotional development or that personalization is the agenda of Silicon Valley titans. To understand the nuances of personalized learning—and […]

This piece is Part 1 of The Friday’s Institute’s insights on effective blended learning to understand learning differences. Stay tuned for Part 2 which will unveil practitioner examples and perspectives on this approach. When my colleagues and I at The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation design blended-learning experiences, we tend to judge their effectiveness by the […]