District Administration - October 2011 - (Page 40)

Blended Learning Program Combining face-to-face and virtual instruction addresses all learners in the pursuit of 21st century skills. By SuSan McLeSter Building a 40 October 2011 EdVisions o nLine Learning haS Seen a SteeP upward growth trajectory over the past decade. in the 2011 report “The rise of K-12 Blended Learning,” authors Michael horn and heather Staker of the innosight institute say the number of students taking online courses has leapt from 45,000 in 2000 to more than 3 million today, and that by 2019, 50 percent of high school courses will be delivered online. “Fast Facts about online Learning,” a 2010 report by the international association for K-12 online Learning (inacoL), says 75 percent of school districts nationwide have one or more students enrolled in an online or blended learning course, that 27 states have full-time, statewide online schools, and that the online learning market currently represents about $507 million, with 30 percent annual growth. For organizations such as inacoL and the u.S. Distance Learning association (uSDLa), online learning often serves as an umbrella term that includes the subcategory of blended learning, which might also be referred to as hybrid learning, and comprises some combination of online and face-to-face time. Spurred in part by a 2009 u.S. Department of education study, “evaluation of evidence-Based Practices in online Learning,” which found that students learn better in a blended model than they do in either fully online or traditional “brick and mortar” models, blended learning is increasingly becoming the approach of choice in online learning. experts like horn, uSDLa ceo John Flores and inacoL ceo Susan Patrick say that blended learning offers the best of District Administration

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - October 2011

District Administration - October 2011
Contents
From the Editor
Letters
News Update
Transportation Update
District Profile
Administrator Profile
Building a Blended Learning Program
How Are Science Fairs Fairing?
A New Age for Algebra
Early College High Schools
Changing of the Guard in Florida
CIO News
How Much Computing Power Do You Need?
An Unconventional Approach to 1:1
New Books
Problem/ Solution
Research Center
Product Focus
New Products
Professional Opinion
Going Mobile
Online Edge

District Administration - October 2011

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