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Ways to implement blended learning in the classroom

Many teachers have seen success with blended learning strategies in the classroom. According to Scientific Learning, 2.94 million students participated in the hybrid method in 2010 and that number is expected to grow significantly by 2015 to about 10.07 million. This particular style of learning looks beyond the teachers themselves to look toward other methods of learning. While teachers will always be critical to the classroom, blended learning is providing teachers with a few extra-powerful educational tools. Here are a few ways you can implement blended learning strategies into your classroom to promote academic excellence:

Provide real-world experiences
The Common Core State Standards work to not only improve student learning, but to prepare kids for college and future careers. Providing real-world experiences in the classroom is a great way to help students make the connection to what they're learning in the classroom and exactly how it's going to apply outside of the learning environment. By linking curricula to life experiences, teachers can help students develop motivation and interest for the subject matter.

Use an online program
Implementing technology into the classroom can help students learn in different ways. Many classrooms are using virtual elementary math programs as a way to really ignite motivation in students. This provides a different way to learn. Instead of teaching a concept and moving on, online programs allow students to move at their own pace. They can revisit concepts they don't understand. It essentially personalizes the learning experience to each student. It's also helpful for the teachers because they have the ability to monitor each student and see how they're progressing. Students can then be grouped together based on understanding. This online program can also be practiced outside of the classroom, allowing students to continue the learning process in the comfort of their own home.

Student blogging has become more and more popular in the classroom and provides a personalized learning experience. It's a way to implement a different type of learning than the traditional teacher-student interaction. Through differentiated instruction, students may develop self-directed learning skills, which can prepare them for the future. Blogging may teach them a different writing style due to the fact that students will actually be writing for an audience. They can learn to develop their own voice and make connections between their writing and concepts in the classroom. Students will be learning essential skills in technology.