Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blended Learning

“We’re currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist... using technologies that have not been invented... in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet”.

Is our education system prepared for this “difficult task”? What are the main problems we must face?

This “old” video (2008!) makes us reflect about the following facts:

  • An updated and relevant education is not necessarily the one that only is based on the use of technology, even being this essential! 
  • An important step to give in education systems depends on better integration of the two types of learning that every child experiences: the formal and informal.
  • "Learning can happen anywhere." 
  • We need to change the focus from education to learning. 
  • We must start to see the information as a production and participation incentive and not as an object of mere consumption. 
  • Institutions must be changed by networks. 
  • We should recognize the skills that enable young people to participate in a democratic society, to join the labour market and extend their learning throughout life. 

Is “Blended Learning” the future of learning?

According to Clayton Christensen Institute: “Blended learning involves leveraging the Internet to afford each student a more personalized learning experience, meaning increased student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of his or her learning”.

Blended learning is not the same as technology-rich instruction. It goes beyond one-to-one computers and high-tech gadgets.

The definition of blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns:

  1. at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; 
  2. in part in a supervised "brick-and-mortar" school structure away from home; 
  3. and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.

Have a taste on Blended Learning with this short video (there is an extended version in Vimeo). What do you think about? What will be the future of teaching and learning second languages in the school? Are we all well prepared for the very next future?

What is Blended Learning? (short) from The Learning Accelerator on Vimeo.

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