Microsoft donates $1 million to help expand ‘blended learning’ in D.C. schools

By Emma Brown, the Washington Post

Microsoft has donated $1 million to help D.C. teachers redesign their classrooms using a “blended learning” approach that combines online learning with face-to-face instruction. Blended learning has drawn both excitement and skepticism as it has exploded in popularity in recent years. Boosters believe that technology could transform schools and give students a more personalized learning experience, while critics fear that when executed poorly, blended approaches reduce learning to clicks on a computer. The donation will help expand a D.C. program — known as the Education Innovation Fellowship — that exposes teachers to the latest thinking in the field and then encourages them to adapt those ideas into their own classrooms.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/microsoft-donates-1-million-to-help-expand-blended-learning-in-dc/2013/05/16/f14f7f76-be58-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html

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