Blended Learning is more than a technology rich learning environment. According to the Christensen Institute, blended learning is defined as "a formal education program where some instruction is delivered online and the student has control over time, place, or pace. Some instruction is also delivered face to face in a traditional school setting." In successful blended learning environments, the online portion of learning becomes a natural extension of the traditional classroom. Blended learning is not attempting to change pedagogical strategies as we know them; rather, it is being implemented as enhancements to differentiate learning to meet the needs of each unique learner.
There are 4 commonly associated models with blended learning. These models are rotation, Flex, A la Carte, and Enriched Virtual. If you click the button below, you will be directed to a website with more information.
A blended school is defined as a standalone school (typically charter schools) where the school as a whole has adopted a blended learning policy. Every classroom in the school is required to deliver a majority of the content in a blended format; however, the students are required to attend school for more than just standardized tests.
Last school year (2012-2013), in Georgia, 25,877 students participated in some form of online learning.
Last school year, in the US, over 1,000,000 students participated in online or blended learning classes.
13,000 students participated in multi-district online learning which was a 27% increase from the year before.
In the last 5 years, there has been a 212% increase in the number of students participating in at least one online class.
GA currently offers no blended schools.
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