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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

10 Predictions for Blended Learning in 2013 by Michael Horn, Heather Staker

In the ninth installment of their monthly column, blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker predict how blended learning programs will evolve in 2013.

In the year ahead we will see more public schools adopt blended learning, meaning online learning in physical schools. Blended learning is no longer entirely new or untried, and school leaders are hungry for a way to do more with less. Below are 10 predictions for blended learning in 2013.

KIPP Empower and Rocketship Education PDF)

1. More Rotation Models at the Elementary School LevelStation rotations have existed in elementary classrooms for decades, so incorporating an online station is a natural fit. Early proof-point schools, such as KIPP Empower (PDF) and Rocketship Education (PDF), have run successful Rotation models for enough years now to offer helpful blueprints.

Blended-Learning Model Definitions

2. More Self-Blending at the High School LevelMillions of students already take at least one online course to supplement their traditional courses. Next year we expect to see even more self-blending as states implement policies to require online coursework (Alabama, Idaho, Florida, Michigan and Virginia) or to fund course-level choice (Florida, Utah, Louisiana and others).

3. More
Flex-Model PrototypesTransitioning from a traditional program to a Flex model involves significant restructuring of human resources and operations. Many districts and charter-school networks are starting to feel the need to at least get their feet wet. Expect to see many prototype schools emerge next year.

About the Authors
Michael Horn is co-founder of Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on education and innovation.
Heather Staker is a senior education research fellow at Innosight Institute.

Source: THE Journal