What We Learn
"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn."
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How We Learn
The Basics of Blended Learning
Blended learning, with its mix of technology and traditional face-to-face instruction, is a great approach. Blended learning combines classroom learning with online learning, in which students can, in part, control the time, pace, and place of their learning.
The Benefits of Blended Learning for Students
- Increases student interest: when technology is integrated into school lessons, learners are more likely to be interested in, focused on, and excited about the subjects they are studying. Subjects that might be monotonous for some – like math and science, while also increasing information retention.
Keeps students focused for longer: The use of computers to look up information & data is a tremendous lifesaver, combined with access to resources such as the internet to conduct research. This engagement and interaction with the resources keeps students focused for longer periods then they would be with books or paper resources, this engagement also helps develop learning through exploration and research.
Provides student autonomy: The use of eLearning materials increases a student’s ability to set appropriate learning goals and take charge of his or her own learning, which develops an ability that will be translatable across all subjects.
Instills a disposition of self-advocacy: Students become self-driven and responsible, tracking their individual achievements, which helps develop the ability to find the resources or get the help they need, self-advocating so they can reach their goals.
Promotes student ownership: Blended learning instills a sense of ‘student ownership over learning’ which can be a powerful force propelling the learning, It’s this feeling of responsibility that helps the feeling of ownership.
Enables students to learn at their own pace: Due to the flexibility of blended learning and the ability to access internet resources allows students to learn at their own pace, meaning a teacher can help speed up the learning process or give more advanced resources if necessary.
Prepares students for the future: Blended learning offers a multitude of real-world skills, that directly translate into life skills, from:
- Research skills
Helps to develop a ‘self-driving force'
Better decision making
Offers a larger sense of responsibility
The Benefits of Blended Learning for Educators
- Blended learning offers flexibility in terms of availability – Anytime, anywhere. In other words, eLearning enables the student to access the materials from anywhere at any time.
- Access to global resources and materials that meet the students’ level of knowledge and interest.
- Self-pacing for slow or quick learners reduces stress, increases satisfaction and information retention.
- E-learning allows more effective interactions between the learners and their instructors through the use of emails, discussion boards and chat room.
- Students have the ability to track their progress.
- Students can learn through a variety of activities that apply to many different learning styles.
- E-learning improves the quality of teaching and learning as it supports the face-to-face teaching approaches.
What Does Blended Learning Look Like?