Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends

DreamBox Learning, Inc, in partnership with Getting Smart

How Education in Going Social This paper provides a snapshot of some of the dominant trends in the ever-evolving blended learning landscape, and takes a look at how innovative approaches are boosting achievement in elementary mathematics classrooms. The most important trend we see is a shift toward placing students firmly at the center of the learning process, enabled by blended learning approaches, and as this paper will show, there are multiple reasons to adopt this new paradigm.

A major influence that is driving this change results from acknowledging the reality of the way we live today. We can no longer ignore the ubiquity of technology—we must to welcome it into our classrooms and learning activities. To inspire engagement, we need to keep pace with students who operate in an increasingly mobile world where information and communication are accessed 24/7 through smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

We also need to meet the needs of students with different requirements, learning styles, and backgrounds in classrooms with 20, 30, or even 40 students in an environment that demands results. There is mounting evidence that complementing or replacing lectures with student-centric, active learning strategies and learning guidance—rather than memorization and repetition—improves learning, supports knowledge retention, and raises achievement.1 These new student-centered methods are a way to connect with every student right where they are and support progress toward gradelevel standards, while we continue to cultivate development of the whole child.

All of the ongoing advances and refinements in student-centered blended learning have the same aim: to prepare children for success in a rapidly evolving, globalized world driven by information technology. The future our children will inherit demands technological dexterity, the ability to think critically, and the development of flexible intelligence that will thrive in— and drive—change.

Blended Learning Trends Covered in This White Paper

  1. The deeply student-centered learning experience
  2. Soaring numbers of digital learners
  3. Supporting standards and higher-order thinking skills
  4. Realizing benefits for both teachers and students
  5. Data-driven instruction to personalize learning
  6. Personalized learning accompanied by a lean, blended, iterative approach
  7. Productive gamification
  8. The mobile world is where learners live now
  9. BYOD is here and key to active three-screen days
  10. More broadband, please!