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ERIC Number: EJ944837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-26
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
"Blended Learning" for the Little Ones
Barshay, Jill
Education Week, v31 n9 p1, 14 Oct 2011
Computer-based instruction in kindergarten classrooms can be controversial, but one Los Angeles charter school is showing promising results and plans to expand the hybrid approach. The school conducted an experiment with a teaching method called blended learning, in which students learn from computers as well as teachers. The kindergarten experiment at KIPP Empower Academy comes as some schools and districts in California, Arizona, Virginia and elsewhere are experimenting with computer-based learning in the elementary grades. Advocates of blended learning say it holds the promise of offering engaging, individualized computer instruction that allows children to move at their own pace. And, at a time when school budgets are being slashed nationwide, the new model at KIPP could help educators manage larger classes. But for the early grades, the practice can be controversial as well. Computer instruction in kindergarten classrooms is occasionally used by some teachers as a supplement, but it's rarely used every day to substitute for traditional teacher instruction of the littlest learners. KIPP Empower is among a growing number of schools that are embracing technology-infused approaches to teaching and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Virginia