Rushing to integrate new technologies without being aware of the limitations, challenges, cost and potential of those technologies can do more harm than good.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) January 19, 2014
Blended learning is a technology-mediated learning method which allows the use of computers and other technologies in education. Blended learning is considered by many schools across the US as the next best thing in education. It’s a promising method that combines the merits of technology and the familiarity of a classroom context. In a recent statement released by eReflect, the company warns that switching to a blended learning approach should be slow, organized and very cautiously implemented. Rushing to integrate new technologies without being aware of the limitations, challenges, cost and potential of those technologies can do more harm than good.
eReflect supports their warning by discussing the situation at Elmhurst Community Prep, a school that employed new technologies. As more school grades started using the same software and resources, the technology network couldn’t meet the demand. This has cost the school a lot of money that could have been spent on foolproof programs and projects. Improper planning and the software providing company’s inability to live up to their promises contributed to the failure of blended learning to take off at Elmhurst. Of course, there are many other examples of successful integration of blended learning, notes eReflect, which illustrates that the potential is there. All that’s needed is rigorous planning and a gradual integration of these methodologies into the existing educational approaches.
What seems to be the key in getting the most out of blended learning is to have an accurate picture of a school’s needs, limitations and abilities. This ensures that the new technology will be used to the maximum of its capacity, helping students learn and teachers get most out of their teaching. eReflect agrees with recommendations for a fail-safe implementation of blended learning: gradually introduce it and allow for a period of transition where both blended learning and standardized learning co-exist. This will give ample time for everyone - students, educators, and tech companies alike - to tailor blended learning technologies to the needs of each school and grade.
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Ultimate Typing™ software is designed specifically for the improvement of typing skills. Created by eReflect, a world leader in e-learning and self-development software, Ultimate Typing™ has been informed by the latest developments in the science of touch typing.
Since its creation in 2006 by Marc Slater, the company has already catered to over 112 countries all over the world, offering products with the latest cutting-edge technology, some of which are among the world’s most recognized and awarded in the industry.