by Daniel K. Lautzenheiser, Taryn Hochleitner
American Enterprise Institute
February 03, 2014
Too often leaders and educators have used new technologies to tinker with outdated practices rather than establish new and better ones. Instead, school leaders ought to become “learning engineers” by identifying the challenges they want to solve finding solutions in relevant science, and then exploring how technologies can enhance those solutions. The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has chosen to experiment with blended learning, which combines a mix of online learning and traditional teacher-led instruction. This paper includes profiles of three ways of using blended learning in three different schools. Despite inevitable challenges such as technical glitches, helping teachers navigate new tools, and insufficient hardware, the authors conclude that “the future is bright” when it comes to blended models in the nation’s capital. DCPS provides a hopeful example for other major urban districts.