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Blended Learning Initiative Helps Teachers Use New Classroom Methods

Blended Learning Initiative Helps Teachers Use New Methods in the Classroom

Blended learning may be becoming one of the most popular methods in the classroom, and teachers are participating in focused training sessions to keep up. 

This summer, more than 100 teachers from New York City public schools attended a workshop to learn how to introduce blended learning in their classrooms, according an article in Capital.

"After attending summer workshops, they are testing their new skills at making screencasts—online video instruction made up of moving screenshots—and giving students individualized feedback, among other things," the article said.

The New York City Department of Education's Innovation Office, also known as iZone, "works with more than 300 schools to find ways to make personalized learning possible for every student."

"The Blended Learning Institute is a two-year professional development program that the department created last year in response to teacher demand for training that would show them how to use technology to convey content, and to help students teach themselves," the article said. "Blended learning, sometimes called personalized learning, allows students to work both independently and collaboratively, to start learning at their own level and to advance through the curriculum at their own pace."

"Students might be auditory learners, visual learners, or they learn better on the computer, or they learn better in groups,” said Sharon Holliday, a student of Blended Learning Institute and the computer lab at the Stanley Eugene Clark School in Brooklyn. “Some kids might not be as outspoken in a whole classroom setting. It allows for everyone to learn the way that they feel comfortable, but it also gives the teacher more freedom that might not be possible in a whole group setting."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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