The Blend of Online and Offline Schooling
The most advanced schools go well beyond merely adding technology to existing classrooms by using the capabilities of digital resources and online communications to change when and where students learn. The synergy of newly designed spaces and creative uses of time allows teachers and schools to take full advantage of all that educational technology must offer.
Online learning is famously flexible. There is another crucial element to online learning, that is the live, component. Live learning increases engagement by adding a human element. It is especially beneficial for learners giving them the chance to receive feedback on elements of their learning which are impossible to measure in a self-marking test.
While there are differences between physical and online learning, in the hands of a well-trained teacher, both delivery methods can be used to achieve the same goals.
This is when Blended learning steps in, it’s a combination and balance of having both online and offline learning. When deciding to implement or expand a blended learning program, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the vast amount of information available. The number of vendors offering online curriculum and instructional services grows every year. So, how do you plan on which one to use?
Drivers of Blended Learning in Education
One thing that is often overlooked is creating a homeschool mission statement. However, I highly recommend that everyone who homeschools take the time to develop this important document. Having a homeschool mission statement in mind can also help you to stay motivated and on track, even when things get challenging and you are wondering if it is worth it to keep pushing forward. Another great benefit is that having a clear purpose and specific goals can make it that much easier for you to say ‘no’ to things that do not align with the path you are on.
Some of the questions you can look at while creating a Homeschool Mission are:
- Why is homeschooling the best option for our family?
- Which core values do our family adhere to?
- What are some of the desired results of being an educated individual?
- What are your family’s goals?
- What are your individual goals?
- What will life after homeschooling look like?
Having a balance between a homeschool and offline learning can help one feel more focused and give a well-spaced environment of learning. School leaders also believed that adding face to face interactions with a teacher and other students in a physical online learning experience could benefit students. This Blended learning model in the typical weekly schedule of students is where they can spend two days at a learning center working with their teachers and other students in various instructional activities, and three days working from home or another location, often with support from parents or another person serving as a learning coach. During these days, teachers communicate with students and teach online. Teachers also use this time to engage in professional learning, plan additional lessons, and identify ways to improve outcomes for each individual student. This method is not only beneficial for students in high school, but also a key element of preparing students for life after high school. Whether they go on to college or a career, they are likely to be in situations where they are managing more of their time than a typical high school student, and they will have to learn at least partially on their own, using online resources.
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