Bailey Thomson Blake,
Jan 8, 2017
At SPARK, we see blended learning and the use of technology as a tool to leverage, not as an ultimate outcome. As such, we measure the effectiveness of our blended learning model by taking a look at student achievement results and satisfaction/engagement surveys from parents, staff, and students. We aren't willing to subject some students to blended learning and leave others aside, so I doubt we will ever be able to make meaningful comparisons between achievement with and without technology. However, that's all well and good, because blended learning is a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Our models are not just about technology implementation, but also include culture-setting, behaviour management, social-emotional development, peer and teacher relationship-building and so much other soft "glue" that makes the whole model effective.