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- Blended learning on the rise
- By Jennifer Nastu, Contributing Editor
- Chicago Virtual Charter School (CVCS), an innovative school that is a cross between a traditional school and a virtual one: Students work online from home four days a week and come to school for the fifth.
- In a typical school environment, all students in a classroom have to learn the same thing at same time. But at CVCS, students can work on material at their own pace, and educators can tailor their instruction to each student individually to fill the gaps in that child's knowledge."In a traditional setting, students are at the mercy of the teacher, who decides how fast they're learning [and] how much time they have to spend on the subject," Rogers said. "We give those who 'get it' faster the ability to move on."
- blended learning  is an exciting instructional model because it combines the best elements of both face-to-face and online instruction.
- Parents in rural communities who home-school their children because of the time and distance it takes to travel to the nearest brick-and-mortar school can have the support of a strong online curriculum. And students who have dropped out of school have the chance to resume their education, finish high school, and get a diploma via distance learning. Meanwhile, multimedia options give online learning an edge often not found in traditional learning environments.
- a number of schools have found that a blended, or hybrid, approach works well.
- With a hybrid model, we can tailor their learning, using technology and face-to-face learning, in a way that we might not be able to in a pure traditional model."
- Click here to download a PDF of the Special Report on Blended Learning.
- K12 has identified at least five different approaches to blended learning being used by its school district customers; here's how these schools have adopted blended learning successfully to meet their own particular needs.
- The learning lab model is for school districts that want to supplement their existing, traditional offerings with additional classes or remedial learning opportunities. Students go to school as usual, but part of their time is spent in a computer lab, learning online with an on-site facilitator available to help them as needed.
- Dropout recovery programsThese programs give students who have dropped out of school the opportunity to complete their course work and get the credits they need to earn a diploma.
- Adjudicated youth programsA program of this type meets the needs of school-age children who have been incarcerated because they have broken the law.
- With a flex school model, students are truly experiencing a full blend of face-to-face and online instruction at a traditional school facility. The online component isn't just a supplement to traditional classes, but an integral part of the school's curriculum for every student.
- an example of a full-time model; students are enrolled full-time in the virtual school, but one day a week they attend school for two-and-a-quarter hours in a physical building
- for face time with teachers.