“The number one thing you can ask any teacher what they could use more of—it’s extra instructional time. Research has proven over and over that that is what makes the biggest difference in student learning.”
– Stacy Hurst, Reading Horizons Reading Specialist
The efficient use of time is what makes the difference in the effectiveness of any endeavor—and education is no different. But with so many standards, so many different student needs and levels, and so many curriculum options—the efficient use of time in the classroom is not an easy task.
That is why blended learning is exciting. Technology alone can’t manage time. But, it can efficiently deliver instruction, feedback, and student data to teachers, so that teachers can better manage their time to give one-on-one help to struggling students, challenge gifted students, and inspire and empower each student to do their best.
After spending the last five years developing and overseeing a blended learning program for Meridian School in Springville, Utah, Tasi Young describes the benefit of blended learning as follows:
“Instead of being an instructor that has to be efficient with students, you can be a coach and a mentor that can spend more time with them at their level and find ways to talk about what’s important in their lives—something that a computer cannot do.”
– Tasi Young, Head of Meridian School
An effective blended learning model is not one that simply adds technology to the classroom. It is a model that uses the strengths of both technology and teachers—integrating and capitalizing on the power of each.
“When we design a blended environment, we want to take advantage of the strengths of the machines that are involved. And we also want to take advantage of the strengths of the human that is involved in that environment.”
– Dr. Charles Graham, BYU Education Professor
Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of blended learning from Tasi Young and Dr. Charles Graham:
Here are some of the key points from the video: