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New Publication: Blended Learning and Data Use in Three Technology-Infused Charter Schools
A new report to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation titled “Blended Learning and Data Use in Three Technology-Infused Charter Schools” examines the affordances of the technologies in three blended learning environments and their impacts for teaching and learning activities. A particular focus of the work was to examine whether the blended learning environments provided access to and more diverse data sources for teachers and students from which to make educational decisions.
Key findings include:
- Blended learning environments provide data to teachers and students that may not be readily available in more traditional classes;
- Blended learning environments provide for any time and any where virtual learning opportunities;
- Teachers were able to address the needs of particular students through various media and diverse learning experiences;
- Students were engaged through flexible and customizable learning activities; and
- The schools exhibited strong leadership, an explicit vision for the use of technology and data, the engagement of students in the teaching and learning process, the enculturation of data use through data teams and data coaches, and the provision of professional learning opportunities.
There is much that can be learned from these three schools about how the alignment and practice of research-based recommendations can create blended or personalized learning environments that have the potential to reach even the most challenged students and help them to succeed.