Is Blended Learning the Same as Technology-Rich Instruction?

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

There’s a lot of confusion around blended learning and technology-rich instruction. Many schools think that because they use computers in the classroom they are a blended school. Yet, “blended learning” and “technology-rich instruction” mean something quite different. 

Technology-rich instruction provides educators with a valuable tool to reinforce lessons, but the technology in itself does not facilitate student learning.

Blended learning, on the other hand, leverages technology to give each and every student a more personalized learning experience. Blended learning has been defined as a "formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online learning with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace, at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home, and the modalities along each student's path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience."

Online Credit Recovery: Achieving a 100% Graduation Rate in California

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

With a focus on keeping students in school, on track, and on target to graduate, Williams Junior Senior High School was able to achieve outstanding results with their online credit recovery program: a one hundred percent graduation rate.  Of the 360 students who entered as freshmen in the fall of 2011, all of them graduated in May 2015. Further, as of June 2015, there were no students in Williams Junior Senior High School that were credit deficient, and all but one junior high student were promoted to high school.

 

Successful Online ELL Support for an International Ballet Student

Contributor: 
Mike Gray

The following is a story that Mike wrote to show how important an online education can be to a young student who needs a non-traditional path to education, especially through the use of online ELL (English language learner) support.

Jinny is a ballet student who has been accepted to an elite ballet boarding school in Florida. Jinny is arriving three weeks late into the school year, so she is already going to be facing the challenge of catching up with her peers. She will also be learning a new culture, working to master English as a second language, making new friends, dealing with homesickness, and, of course—there will be plenty of dance. She will be taking several of her courses online through Fuel Education teachers in order to accommodate the rigorous curriculum—a combination of ballet and academics—that she will be following, in addition to much online ELL support.

Why Blended Learning? Answers from Our Chicago Blended Learning Leaders Forum

Contributor: 
Bobby Offterdinger

Truly, nothing can stop a dedicated teacher. This held true on November 19, 2015, as not even the gusty 30 mile-per-hour Chicago winds could drive off the innovative educators who came to meet for FuelEd’s first Blended Learning Leaders Forum (BLLF) of the 2015–2016 school year. Leaders from all around Illinois bundled up and braved the weather to meet for a lively, collaborative event at the Marriott Blackstone to discuss best practices in implementing blended learning programs.