Blended Learning is one of the new hot topics in education reform circles. In brief, blended learning seeks to combine the best of online and face-to-face learning. Last week Bill Tucker of Education Next tries to set the record straight by taking the New York Times to task for a slanted article on Florida virtual classrooms that use blended learning approach. Tucker's advice is helpful for anyone who enters the debate over online/blended learning:
Online learning is not anti-teacher
Class-size is irrelevant to discussions of online learning
Research suggests that some students learn better online
North Carolina already has a virtual public school, a very good school too. Better management and expanded course offerings can yield greater savings for taxpayers and better educational opportunities for students. Food for thought.
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