(LCDR USN,ret), CPLP, MBA, BS, AA, ACB, CL
Digital technology and blended learning in the classroom
Seems we all know technology advances are moving extremely fast and also where we stand with digital technology these days. The longer we wait to get started learning about what we need to know—the farther behind we’ll be and the longer it’s going to take to catch up. The pain threshold will keep getting bigger and bigger!
There has been a huge paradigm shift in digital technology and many just aren’t getting on board with these changes— business as usual. Maybe they never heard the saying that when a paradigm shift comes and you don’t get on—you’ll be left behind? It may not be for lack of want, but either way we must take the first steps and initiatives ourselves if we expect significant change; perhaps we don’t take the initiative because there are no perceived or real consequences if we don’t change?
Just the same, in many schools across the country in the U.S., figure 1 refers, in a program called Teach One, the classrooms of the future are here now—that’s right.
Figure 1 – 2016-2017 School Partnerships (http://www.newclassrooms.org/)
Sometimes the Brain, i.e., voice of the brain, initiates instruction by asking the students a few questions and applying the answers to an algorithm and determining the next activities, seat arrangements and student assignments. The TAs also support this process and may give supplemental instruction or actions as appropriate.
There are mixed reviews about the Teach One program and like every good thing, someone must say something negative about change. As these programs are costly, someone does have to answer for the return on investment and actual progress.
The bottom line is that many leaders, adults and politicians talk about change, leveraging technology and doing the right things—but seem to be gripped themselves by no appetite for technology. Reality check—our children, staff and colleagues see what we do and not just what we say. If we really want the kind of technology change that’s going to make a difference— then we must lead that change by example and demonstrate its core principals, beliefs and actions. That’s my opinion, tell me what you think?
Huntsberry, W., Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning, KQED News, 12 January, 2015, accessed 23 December, 2016.