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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Conference: In blended learning pilot, teachers watch progress in real time, quickly respond to struggling students by Dave Murray

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Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press writes, "Teacher Kelly Rafferty moved through her fifth-grade classroom at Santa Rita Elementary, carrying an iPad as students worked on math problems on laptops."


With a few swipes of a finger, Rafferty was able to look at each student's progress in real time, seeing which programs they were getting wrong, which ones they spent the most time figuring out and on which problems they sought extra help through an online video.

That allowed her to sit down alongside the struggling students to assist them, while other students could move ahead to more challenging problems.

Experts said the Santa Rita teachers – partnering with the online Khan Academy – is an example of effective blended learning, and could be a glimpse into the future of education.

I spent Tuesday in Silicon Valley learning about digital learning with other education writers through a conference hosted by the Innosight Institute and the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media.