EDWEEK: Schools Test Impact of Blending Technology, Longer School Days

Schools Test Impact of Blending Technology, Longer School Days

Combining the two practices seen as key

Students at Grant Beacon Middle School in Denver spend much of the school day in a blended learning scenario, using Chromebooks to access digital curricula and working face to face with their teachers. Students also have a longer school day—an extra hour that allows for more enrichment and electives.

A new guide for educators says the pairing of blended learning and an expanded school day—much like what is happening at Grant Beacon—hits the educational sweet spot, providing opportunities for better teacher collaboration, personalization of education, and student engagement.

The guide, “Supporting Student Success Through Time and Technology”—released last month by the National Center on Time & Learning, a research and advocacy organization based in Boston—aims to give policymakers ideas for how to combine extra learning time and better use of digital tools in smart, effective ways.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/02/04/schools-test-impact-of-blending-technology-longer.html

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