At the recent ISTE Conference in Denver I sat down with Kathy Schroeder of Atomic Learning and we had a great talk about different ideas regarding the future of education. At first we bantered back and fourth about the regular stuff like iPads and digital books, but they Kathy brought up blended learning, a concept I strongly believe in but I have never really given it much thought. Blended learning is when the student gains an education from both a traditional teacher-taught lesson and an online lesson. Take my son for example, this year he is entering high school but will take 2 of his courses online -- the school he attends does not offer some of what he needs. What also works for my son, and other students just like him, is that he can do is online classes when and where he wants to -- the power of asynchronous learning.
I strongly believe that students need to learn how to take online courses and classes, this will prove to be invaluable for them in the future as they enter the work force.
The illiterate of the 21st Century are not those that cannot read or write, but those that cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. -- Alvin Toffler
What do you think about blended learning?