Over the past 5 weeks I have been working to deepen my understanding of Disruptive Innovation in education. When you look at classrooms fifty years ago versus classrooms of today, not much has changed.
A teacher stands in front of the room, delivers information, and students are expected to regurgitate it. With technology added in there have been some slight changes…SMARTboards where teachers manipulate images. videos have been inserted into PowerPoints, handwritten notes have been replaced by typed notes. But the basics are still there. Students are expected to Sit and Get. Why, in a world where technology is advancing at an exponential level, is this kind of education still occurring? According to Clayton C. Christensen and Michael B. Horn, “the reason we haven’t progressed down these paths doesn’t have to do with the state of the technology. It has to do with how the technology has been implemented”.
This statement really hits home for me. Here in Lex 1, we have access to great technology. Our students all have iPads, something many other districts would love, but we still aren’t seeing the changes that we desire. The hard reality is that we aren’t changing our instruction. The tools that we have been given can allow us to take students deeper into the content and personalize their learning experience and this is why we’ve started shifting towards Blended Learning. The One Size Fits All classroom doesn’t work anymore (did it ever really work??). We have a diverse population of students and, by shifting our pedagogy towards blended learning, we can start addressing the individual needs of our students. This isn’t an easy task but one well worth the effort. I firmly believe that this shift can revolutionize the way our students learn and want to work with you to help make that change in your class. Here’s the plan for WKMS.
Why should we look into making these shifts? Take a peek at the short video below:
We have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge in our district and in the state as a blended learning school. The opportunities for growth that this challenge offer us, as educators, and our students is amazing. I hope you will join me on this journey as we work together to personalize learning for our students. Here are my goals for these Instructional Shifts.
Things to explore as we make this shift:
Personalized Learning Portal by EE (see me for the password)
Blended/Personalized Learning Resources from the Rogers Family Foundation
Literature Review on the Shift towards Blended Learning (under construction)