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ERIC Number: ED540364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Inside a Blended Learning Environment
Chubb, John
Policy Innovators in Education Network
The long awaited and hotly debated "disruption" of public education may finally have begun. Technology, the force that has transformed one industry after another, from the industrial revolution through the information age, is on the cusp of reshaping schools fundamentally. This is heady talk. Historically, schools have been quite adept at absorbing new technologies--television, computers, the Internet--without changing how they provide instruction, use teachers, or cost taxpayers. Schools have proven one futurist after another dead wrong. The United States has been working to raise student achievement since at least 1983 when "A Nation at Risk" first sounded the alarm. Progress has been modest at best. A greater advance may well require more fundamental changes in how the country conducts schooling. In other industries, fundamental changes have often been driven by advances in technology. Reducing labor costs, raising the productivity of those in the industry going forward, providing better service for consumers--these historically familiar developments may now be coming to public education. At a time when the US economy and burdened taxpayers are looking for efficient public services as well as effective ones, blended learning may provide an answer with something for everyone.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Policy Innovators in Education Network
Identifiers - Location: California; North Carolina