Educational Technology

April 19, 2014

Building a Blended School

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Dan Gordon, THE Journal

Rich Kiker is the director of online learning at Palisade School District (PA). In the video linked below he talks about how he helped build an online learning environment that offers expanded choice for students and plenty of professional development and support for teachers. All of this isn’t about changing education; it’s about improving it. We should never leave behind the face-to-face instructional strategies that have been wonderful for the last 50 years. If you have a great diorama project in your fourth-grade classroom, don’t stop doing that. But now we can add to these pieces. First we provide the access and bandwidth for on-site devices, then we give students autonomy in how they become proficient with the material — navigating and building supports for the classroom, but letting the inquiry and discovery happen. When you put those things together, you’re creating the space for students to build amazing things and find what’s awesome.

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