Why Schools Should Invest in Blended Learning

Blended learning can help sustain and improve K-12 classrooms if school districts start investing in it.

That’s the idea that the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation promoted in a CoSN webinar on Tuesday, January 14. As education changes, schools are looking to a combination of face-to-face and online models that help students learn.

“More and more the story of schools will be a blended learning story,” said Heather Staker, senior research fellow of education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.

What the photography industry can teach schools about innovation

Industries often go through a hybrid phase that combines old and new technology. For an example of this, let’s look at photography.

As digital cameras became more popular, many people have moved from film cameras to digital, but still print out their photos. This is an example of sustaining innovation, also called hybrid. Truly disruptive innovation in the photography space comes when people take pictures with their smartphones are digital cameras and then post them to online social media networks.

We see this same trend in education, where the sustaining innovation is a combination of face-to-face and online learning. The disruptive innovation comes in the form of online classes.

How schools can prepare for innovation with blended learning

Investment in hybrid education models could help sustain and improve K-12 schools, Staker said. But a successful technology strategy includes investments in both sustaining and disruptive models.

Both types of innovation have the potential to save money or require more investment depending on the situation, Staker said. That’s why it’s so important for schools to carefully address the problem with the right solution and implement it well.

Read the entire article by Tanya Roscorla on the Center for Digital Education at http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/Why-Schools-Should-Invest-in-Blended-Learning.html

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