Scaling Student-Centered Instruction: The Power of Blended Learning

The responsibility of public schools to deliver a quality education to every student is harder today than ever before. Schools and classrooms are increasingly diverse and students must graduate college and career ready for a knowledge-based global economy. However, teachers have inherited an education model designed to prepare previous generations for a more industrial economy. The factory model of education with one teacher delivering the same instruction to a class of 20 to 30 students lumped together in age based grades was successful when schools prepared students for work of the 20th century. That model in which students learn only as a group … one way … at the same speed … all school year is outdated and inefficient. 21st century students learn differently. The 21st century economy is different. And so our schools require a different teaching and learning approach. For decades researchers and school leaders have touted student-centered learning as the gold standard of education. The dream of student-centered learning incorporates teachers personalizing instruction and support for each student and meeting students at their individual competency levels while challenging them to progress at their own pace. Unfortunately, the costs associated with achieving a one-to-one teacher-to-student ratio would be astronomical, so student-centered learning for all students remain just that a dream. Blended learning promises to change everything. When the equation is raised to the power of blended learning, teachers can leverage adaptive technology to exponentially scale individualized instruction for each and every student. This also gives teachers more time for planning, analysis, and student support. Teachers use blended learning to facilitate instruction pace to each student’s unique learning needs, using a combination of one-on-one time with the teacher, peer group interactions, traditional teacher let lessons, tutoring, and digital tools and content. Online programs help teachers identify student achievement gaps in real time. Students receive feedback where they need it most, allowing them to advance upon mastery. Technology lets students learn anywhere and anytime, building skills for lifelong learning. Student centered learning is no longer just a dream. Teachers can now meet all students where they are, and help them learn and grow at their own speed and how they learn best. Fueled by the exponential power of blended learning, true student-centered learning is achievable, manageable, and scalable for each and every student. Let’s meet the needs of 21st century students.

2 Replies to “Scaling Student-Centered Instruction: The Power of Blended Learning”

  1. First of all, I chose this video because of its valid points throughout. I think it is straightforward and supports the idea that teaching a large group of students is very challenging, which as an educator, makes a lot of sense to me. It supports that idea that allowing students to work at their own pace will give them more success in the classroom. As an educator who participates in blended learning, it is so important to design lessons online that support the needs of the student. (PCK 3) This video brings forth the point that blended learning is all about having a student-centered opportunity for the learner. Online learning gives teachers the opportunity to easily see learning gaps and provide feedback immediately, which allows students to manage their own learning efficiently and for teachers to manage how the student is using and responding to technology. (ISTE E.6b.)

  2. Development of an Instructional Design Model for Mobile Blended Learning in Higher Education Mobile learning is the use of mobile technology in learning which can effectively improve learning and teaching through the context of learning, communication, collaboration, as well as enable the students to access the contents many times.

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