Blended Learning from PEF STEM Innovation Hub on
Blended learning is the instructional practice by which we
integrate technology into our curriculum, instruction and
assessment. In a traditional school setting, the teacher
usually has access to all of the knowledge and information, and the
students are reliant on the teacher to dispense the information.
In a virtual school setting, all information is disseminated
by an online platform and there is no teacher involved in the
teaching process. In blended learning, we use both practices
depending on the resources, subject matter, and student need.
At STEM School Chattanooga, blended learning is about students
using technology to enhance their access to content, use of the
content, and ultimately application of the content. Our
teachers are vital to the process, as they act in a variety of
roles: instructor, facilitator, and coach. Depending on the
content, students may be online working independently and at their
own pace or they may be working directly with a teacher in a large
group. We are neither a traditional school setting nor a
virtual school. However, we blend approaches from both of
these settings to use the technology and our faculty in a way that
best supports our school mission.