Blended learning is the best of both worlds. You get to learn at your own pace, while still taking advantage of all the resources and tools that traditional schooling has to offer. This article will explore what blended learning is exactly, how it can be implemented into your curriculum and which digital tools are most effective when it comes to this specific type of education.
What is Blended Learning?
Blended Learning is a new form of instruction in which students engage with content through multiple modes including text-based, audio-based, video-based, games/simulations based on their personal preference for each mode.
Blended Learning allows teachers to differentiate instruction by providing personalized experiences for learners who need more support or scaffolding than others in order to meet educational goals effectively.
By implementing blended learning into the classroom curriculum teachers can better assist individuals in mastering course objectives at their own pace and comfort level. Students gain a sense of independence and confidence which helps them immeasurably in their future.
Benefits of Blended Learning
Blended learning is inclusive to all students, no matter their background or current skills. Instructors can match instruction with the needs of each student.
Blended Learning allows for more time to be spent on what matters most; critical thinking and building relationships between students and teachers. Students are given more opportunities to practice, collaborate, and engage in project-based learning which furthers their understanding of content material they may not have had access to before. This also lessens classroom distractions that lead many kids down the path of ADHD or boredom.
The traditional classroom setting makes it difficult for teachers to provide individual attention to students who truly need the extra help because the room is full of eyes staring back at them and asking “is this going to be on the test?” Blended Learning solves this problem by allowing teachers to move from a one size fits all approach to teaching and instead get to know each individual student personally.
Students get the opportunity to practice 21st-century skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving which will help them succeed in almost any career they choose in the future.
Blended learning helps students learn how to learn rather than just memorizing information for a test. They learn how to continue their own education and use technology responsibly long after they graduate high school.
Blended Learning is not only effective but is also affordable! If you are looking to make the switch this year (or if your school is already blended learning ready) there are numerous digital tools available today both free and paid that will help you keep track of student progress, manage lessons plans and measure success within your classroom.
There are even lesson plan templates available online that can be used as a starting point or inspiration for building your own lesson plans. It’s never too late to start implementing Blended Learning into your curriculum at school.