by Krista Kafer
Independence Institute
July 17, 2014
Blended learning is a versatile teaching method that combines in-person instruction with online learning in the classroom, lab, or other work space including home. When done effectively, blended learning enables teachers to automate activities such as testing, data analysis, and skills practice, thereby allowing them to focus on high-impact instructional strategies. This paper focuses on system-wide efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Valley. The report also provides a list of state and national resources for schools and districts looking to implement blended learning techniques on a limited or system-wide basis and questions to consider prior to starting. The scope of implementation and district strategies for covering costs, developing buy-in, using existing resources, collaborating, and handling other challenges vary considerably. Although still works-in-progress, the experiences of these early adopters offer a roadmap for other Colorado districts.

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