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Education in the 21st Century
In today's dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming more nuanced, more seamless, and it flows back and forth from students to teachers.
200,000: number of teachers who graduate from college annually.
3.7 million: Estimated number of elementary and secondary school teachers in 2011. This number has risen 7 percent since 2001. Of the 3.7 million, 3.3 million are public school teachers and 0.4 million private school teachers.
The crisis in education:
So, how do you solve the crisis?:
Collaboration: Web 2.0 has taught us to play together. In progressives schools across the country, students and teachers are learning from each other through social media to...
Technology power: Kids are learning through the use of...
Technology power: Teachers are learning and sharing ideas through the use of sites like...
Technology Power: Teachers are reaching kids through the use of programs built around teaching kids
And finally, during tight economic times, administrators, parents, and teachers ask:
Q: How do you meet the demand to increase access to learning opportunities and reduce costs (of all this technology) without sacrificing instructional quality?
A: Implement a blended learning strategy.Blended learning involves:
It's not really new: The Blended Learning concept has its antecedents
1840: Establishment of the first correspondence school in Europe
1883: Chautauqua (Correspondence) Institute founded in New York
1910: International Correspondence School launched in Pennsylvania
1999: the first use of the term blended learning is used, although the technique (minus the technology) has been around since at least 1840.
Teachers use the blended technique in different ways. Some teachers...
Thus, Blended Learning is the use of two or more distinct methods of training. This may include combinations such as:
This movement is growing quickly:
$30 million: Amount that the Dept. of Education plans to spend over next 3 years bringing blended learning to 400 schools around the country.