Blended learning? Say what?
Online education? A year has gone by, and by now, we don't even know any better. In the beginning, it was difficult for teachers and pupils. Because being together in a classroom or working together as we used to, is now something we can only dream about. But whoever thought that today's education is outdated was very wrong! Both pupils and teachers were able to find their way very quickly in a, which at that time still unknown, online environment. Without a treasure map or directions!
But what's in store for us? What can we expect a year from now? Or in three years? Of course, we don't have a crystal ball, but we believe that online education will remain important. Which will be combined with offline learning. Also called blended learning.
Blended learning, what was that again?
Today, but also in the future, blended learning is becoming increasingly popular in education. It means mixed learning. Whereas hybrid learning focuses on how you teach, online and offline, blended learning is more about the content. Different forms of learning methods are combined, such as classroom lessons combined with e-learnings. These e-learnings can be viewed before the classes start. During the classroom lesson, there is room for deepening. But it is also possible to use these e-learnings during your classroom lesson. Not in the mood for e-learnings? You can also think of YouTube videos, white papers or coaching sessions. The possibilities are endless.
Besides that, it makes personalised learning possible, because teachers have insight into the progress and results of their pupils. It also ensures that your pupils stay incredibly engaged with the lessons. And it makes learning a lot more fun!
Okay, now what?
Online education remains challenging. And blended learning isn't going to work if you only do it halfway. But digital education has several advantages. It does demand something from teachers, and it also requires a lot of effort. But above all, it requires investment.
Start with a group of teachers who get to work together with an ICT educationist. In this way, you are not dependent on one person, but you have a whole team of teachers who are up to speed. They can then help other teachers to get started.
Don't be afraid to make choices. For example, you could try blended learning with x number of subjects and teachers first. What does work and what doesn't work? What do teachers and pupils need? Evaluate and adjust. Were you able to make a choice? Then the other subjects and teachers follow.
Blended learning will only work if education fully commits to it. But where do you start? What do you need? An interactive touchscreen is, for example, an essential tool in the world of blended learning! It increases interaction with pupils and the lessons really come to life! Your pupils will, hopefully, no longer hide behind their books. Interactivity and engagement guaranteed.
Future of education
Blended learning, hybrid learning, student centricity, gamification, virtual classrooms... We create order in the chaos of buzzwords. Because as a teacher, you want to be prepared for EVERYTHING. You can read all about it in our free whitepaper. Are you ready for the future of education?