What is blended learning?
This video provides a national view of blended learning. The version of blended learning implemented by Cabarrus County Schools will be a variation of this model.
Blended Learning in Cabarrus County Schools
In the Cabarrus County Schools strategic plan
, goal 4.2 states that by 2016, 100% of students will experience a blended classroom-learning environment and/or an online course.
The purpose of blended learning in Cabarrus County Schools is to personalize instruction. We believe that through a blend of interaction with a teacher and technological tools, instruction can be more appropriately tailored to meet the individual needs of students.
Digital Conversion (All teachers 2014-15 School Year)
- In the Digital Conversion model, teachers gradually introduce technology into the classroom. The purpose of digital conversion is to allow students to have access to more digital resources, collaborate both inside and outside of class, and experience a more globally connected classroom.
- Examples of technology used in a digital conversion classroom could include Google Apps integration, Schoology, Edmodo, Discovery Educaiton, iCurio, YouTube videos, and having students do research online.
- The Rotation Model keeps the traditional classroom ratio of 1:25 but allows a teacher to work with individuals and small groups of students while the other students are engaged with technology.
- Theoretically, the content that students can explore online would help with the lower levels of Bloom's taxonomy. The teacher could then work with groups of students in a seminar or other interactive setting.
- In the Rotation Model, the teacher creates an online environment where the students can collaborate, access content, submit assignments, and take online assessments.
- The technology integration happens during the traditional school day inside the classroom.
- The Teacher Reach Model breaks the traditional model of K-12 education. In this setting, a teacher will have significantly higher numbers of students (1:50 ratio) in a course, but will not see each student each day.
- The students will access course content from home several times during the week while only seeing the teacher in class a few times a week.
- The students in this model will work with a technology platform that is frequently referred to as "artificial intelligence." This allows for extreme personalization of the content, as the technology adapts to the learner's needs.
- The teacher is able to monitor the progress of the students and address deficiencies during the face-to-face time.
- Teacher Reach requires students have access to a device and internet access outside of the classroom. If technology and transportation are not available to the student, there are other accommodations that can be made. For example, if the student doesn't have transportation, an alternative setting could be arranged in the school building requiring minimal supervision (i.e., media center).
Each school has the autonomy to design the schedule in a way that fits the needs of that school's teachers, students, and parents. Direct questions about your school's schedule to the principal.
Courses that will be offered via blended learning this year are:
- Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science
- American History I
- English II, English IV
- Math II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus
- Personal Finance
Contact the school to find out which of these courses are offered at each individual school.