What is Hybrid Learning? And What It Means for K–12 Schools
EdTech takes a look at hybrid learning and how it’s developed over the course of the pandemic. The article also articulates many of the bigger challenges hybrid learning faces, like income inequality and unreliable internet access and access to other learning tools.
What Strategies Can Schools Use to Improve Hybrid Learning Models?
Recent research from the Economic Policy Institute suggests that online teaching and learning models can be effective “if students have consistent access to the Internet and computers and if teachers have received targeted training and supports for online instruction.”
McCotter-Jacobs echoes this sentiment, noting that “teachers in many cases are older and are not necessarily equipped for this technology.”
In fact, some of the biggest pain points that have emerged have less to do with the technology used to facilitate remote learning and hybrid learning itself and more to do with tech-challenged educators tasked with using that technology.
“The training and support they need is critical, and it’s not just for the software itself. How do they create lesson plans under this new model? How do they help students who are struggling? What happens when the software fails?” she says.
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