Blended Learning and Teachers Unions

Blended Learning and Teachers Unions

“Rules and models destroy genius and art,” said English writer William Hazlitt. When it comes to blended learning, some school leaders say that strict union rules severely limit innovation. Are districts with strict teachers union contracts doomed to preserve the status quo, or can they innovate? The answer is mixed. On the one hand, rule-bound districts have more options than they might...

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Is the ‘Technology’ Ready for Blended Learning?

Is the ‘Technology’ Ready for Blended Learning?

“The technology is five years behind where it needs to be.” It was the complaint of yet another school trying to build a blended-learning model that utilizes multiple providers. “The software content providers are proprietary. It’s impossible to get data out of them. And when we do, the data doesn’t connect easily to the standards and the data from other providers.” So went the...

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Blend My Learning Relaunch

Blend My Learning Relaunch

Over the summer of 2011, Envision Public Schools blogged actively on this website about its efforts to move to a blended-learning environment. The bloggers — from staff to students — talked about the highs, the lows, the easy steps, and the moves that caused them trouble. The contents were fresh and transparent — and, we heard, helpful to others thinking about moving to a...

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