Blended Learning in K-12/Application of Blended Learning in K-12
While e-learning with no face-to-face contact may be a practical method of instructional delivery for college student, it is often not suitable for younger students. When implemented correctly, blended learning can provide the best of both traditional classroom learning and the use of web-based resources more appropriate for students in grades K-12. It should be noted, however, that in some cases, online learning for high school students is available, but also appropriate. In a traditional classroom, blended learning provides elementary and high school students with direct contact with a teacher, while also utilizing resources that extend the learning experience beyond what is available in the classroom. These resources include live synchronous experiences (video-conferencing, instant messaging, chat rooms, virtual classroom), asynchronous collaboration (e-mail, threaded discussions, online bulletin boards, listserve), and self-paced learning experiences (web learning modules, online resource links, simulations, and online assessment). School districts that encourage blended learning may realize benefits that include cost savings and the opportunity to provide unique learning opportunities to their students. The following pages describe blended learning techniques which vary in their application based on the grade level for which they are utilized.