The latest Horizon Report K-12 2014 edition has identified “hybrid learning design” as a driver of educational technology adoption in schools within the next three to five years. The reports states that “as teachers and students alike become more familiar with and adept users of the internet, classroom based learning increasingly includes on-line learning components, hybrid learning components, and an increased focus on collaboration with and outside the classroom. Schools that are making use of hybrid learning models are finding that using both physical and virtual learning environments allow teachers to further personalise the learning experience, engage students in a broader variety of ways and even extend the learning day.
Hybrid models when designed and implemented effectively enable students to use the school day for group work and project-based activities while using the network to access readings, videos and other learning materials on their own time, leveraging the best of both environments. “
Hybrid learning models, which blend the best of classroom instruction with the best of web-based delivery place strong emphases on using school time for peer-to-peer collaboration and teacher-student interaction while on-line environments are used for independent learning.
It is also seen as a way to level the playing field as all students can have access to high quality learning. Teachers indicated that incorporating hybrid learning improved their ability to monitor student learning and enable greater one-one instruction.”
Hybrid learning design is a useful model for schools when planning their ICT vision for the next 3-5 years. It enables them to ask the question how are we planning for this kind of learning and what are the ICT platforms our school needs to have in place to enable teaching in this way?
In order for teachers to be able to provide a hybrid learning environment, they will require for example:
- The capacity to access and generate digital content eg can they create SMART Notebooks or iTunes U courses, identify the appropriate apps for learning? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVTQOy5Ptrk&index=13&list=UUE4_Lme-PPv7gQX97llgG2g
- The capacity to share digital content 24/7 eg can they “Flip the Classroom” recording their lessons using SMART Notebook recorder, or FrontRow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIzhdGVaxBw&list=UUE4_Lme-PPv7gQX97llgG2g&index=5
- The capacity to work with students in a virtual environment eg do they use EDMODO, MOODLE, a class blog, twitter?
- The capacity to collaborate with in and beyond their classrooms eg to use SMART amp for collaboration on projects within the school or Video Conferencing to access expertise beyond the classroom walls? https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/share/VC/virtualexcursions.aspx
Teachers will need to be supported to take on these new skills with robust technologies and training.
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