"I'd love to give my students a chance to blog everyday, learn via fun online content/resources, and maybe even set up a flipped classroom model. But, I am having trouble getting my administrators on board…"
Does that sound like you? If so, this blog post may be just the thing you need to get blended learning's "foot-in-the-door" for your classroom.
But, if your principals and administrators are skeptical about the viability of blended learning or are just reluctant to go away from “traditional” instruction, the “educational technology is really cool and fun” argument is not going to cut it. You need to show how blended learning will help you foster a legitimate positive impact on student progress.
Below are seven promising statistics you can share with your administration that showcase the positive influence blending learning efforts can have on your students' progress and achievement!
1) The blended learning movement is gaining some serious steam
In 2000, only 45,000 K-12 students had access to online learning components within the classroom. By 2010, that number had grown to over 4 million students. In fact, per to onlineschools.com, the amount of blended learning classrooms has increased 30 percent annually from 2001 to 2011.
2) A successful blended model helped improve student performance
A recent report by the RAND Corporation, completed in conjunction with the US Department of Education, found that a group of middle and high school algebra students who learned via a blended learning model showcased significant gains in performance (8 percentile points, in fact). That's a great breakthrough, especially in the high-focus area of middle school and high school mathematics.
3) Blended learning is gaining school-wide support
Per a survey of educators completed by Learning in the 21st Century, 76 percent of those asked believe blended learning is beneficial to students. That’s a pretty significant group of your peers, and we believe that percentage will only grow as educational technology enhancements and awareness continue to increase.
4) Student engagement rates and blended instruction show a positive correlation
Engagement can certainly be a point of struggle within the classroom, but blended learning can help there too! A study completed by the Center for Digital Education found that 73 percent of educators who utilize a blended learning instruction model observed an increase in student engagement.
5) Blended learning leads to higher student performance than just online learning
According to a 2010 online learning report completed by the US Department of Education, "instruction combining online and face-to-face elements had a larger advantage relative to purely face-to-face instruction than did purely online instruction". This fact helps demonstrate the notion that technology is not the driver of progress, but a strong piece that adds to the ability of the educator to present valuable instruction.
6) Online-based instruction helps students prepare for college and beyond
The number of college courses utilizing online learning has grown from 10 percent in 2010 to a projected 50 percent in 2014 (according to research by Knewton). Helping students develop post-K-12 skills is a large goal of education and it’s clear that providing a blended learning environment is becoming an increasingly important component of reaching that goal.
7) Legislators are increasing online learning support
Last but not least, we are seeing the legislators notice value in the blended learning efforts across the country, which is a huge help for our many cash-strapped schools and districts. In fact, 152 bills related to online learning funding were signed into law nationwide in 2012 alone.
More Blended Learning Resources from Wowzers
I hope these promising findings give you the legitimate talking points you need to get that "blended learning" ball rolling in your classroom, school, and district. Also, don't forget to check out the blended learning section of the Wowzers Blog to help build the case for adding a blend of online and offline instruction resources to your own curriculum.