Which Blended Learning Model School K-12 Schools Choose?

Schools are locking in their technology plans for the 2014-15 school year and many are venturing into blended learning, or expanding a blended program already in place. Which blended-learning model should they choose? Are Station Rotations the ideal, or Flex studios? Is Carpe Diem’s Individual Rotation the gold standard, FirstLine’s Lab Rotation, Summit’s Flex model, or Woodland Park’s Flipped Classroom?

The lens of disruptive innovation theory helps answer this question. Our observation is that some blended models are sustaining to the traditional classroom. Sustaining innovations bring improvements to the existing system. America’s classrooms have long benefited from sustaining innovations, as schools have figured out how to improve curriculum and instruction to serve students better over time. We’ve observed that three models of blended learning have the features of sustaining innovations:

  •     Station Rotations
  •     Lab Rotations, and
  •     Flipped Classrooms

These combine the traditional classroom with online learning and promise a best-of-both-worlds “hybrid.”

The best blended-learning strategies seize two types of opportunities. On the one hand, they leverage sustaining models of blended learning to update the traditional classroom with a more efficient, effective way to personalize and differentiate instruction. At the same time, they recognize that disruptive models are emerging that make it much more affordable and convenient to serve areas of nonconsumption, including offering a breadth of foreign language, Advanced Placement, dropout recovery, credit recovery, and other solutions. Technology plans are missing half the picture if they only focus on one of these successful strategies for making learning and schooling more effective.

Read the entire article by Heather Staker on the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation at: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/which-blended-model-should-schools-choose/#sthash.wZPEIY8X.dpuf

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