International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is a
foundation-backed group that was founded four years ago to expand
and enhance K-12 online learning.
president and CEO, Susan Patrick, says it's only
a matter of time--and not much time, at that--before virtually all
American students are participating in online offerings "as a normal
part of their curriculum."
It's going to go mainstream
in 10 years," Patrick says, explaining that students who have grown
up with the internet have been demanding more and more choices in
their education, including online programs, and have been seeking
increasingly rigorous courses as well.
Cobb offers online learning
opportunities to students through Cobb
Virtual Academy and the Blended
What is Blended
Blended Learning brings together the best of the
face-to-face classroom and online learning. In a blended
learning classroom, students still receive daily, face-to-face
instruction, but it is supplemented with the online component that
allows the learning to continue past the traditional school time and
What does Blended Learning
Enrichment - the online learning space
gives students access to additional, course-related material that
allows for more in-depth exploration
Extension - student learning can continue past the 55-90 minute
class period and outside the four walls of the school building.
Teachers can hold live chat sessions and provide protected areas for
students to utilize blogs and wikis.
Engagement - the blended approach gives
students multiple ways in which to learn a topic. Some students will
find the online environment more conducive to open debate and
communication on class topics.
“Today’s education system
faces irrelevance unless the gap is bridged between how students
live and how they learn. Schools are struggling to keep pace with
the astonishing rate of change in students’ lives outside school.
Students will spend their adult lives in a multitasking,
multifaceted, technology-driven, diverse, vibrant world – and they
must arrive equipped to do so…..” Excerpt from
for the 21st Century
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on participating in Blended Learning
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