Educational Technology

June 26, 2011

Schools Blend Computers With Classroom Learning

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Larry Abramson, NPR

Many school districts are reluctantly cutting staff and dropping courses in a desperate effort to respond to tighter budgets. But some educators are looking at ways to save money and improve instruction at the same time. The answer for some schools: blended learning, which is part computer lesson, part classroom instruction. KIPP Empower Academy in South Los Angeles has had to make virtue out of dire necessity. Just as this nationwide network of charter schools was opening up a new kindergarten here, the amount of state money began to dry up. Principal Mike Kerr says he saw only one way out: raising class size. “We had to cut out one whole classroom. So went from five classes of 20 to four classes of 28,” Kerr says.

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