April 07, 2015
EDUCATION CONNECTION AND EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)
Digital technology is here to stay, with new tools and media for learning finding their way into schools and young people’s lives each year. But even as interest in technology-enhanced instruction grows, many educators struggle with how to use technology in ways that promote student engagement and achievement. One promising approach, blended instruction, combines web-based learning with face-to-face classroom interaction.
In this report, Connecticut-based nonprofit EDUCATION CONNECTION finds that when blended learning is implemented in a student-centered fashion, students form strong, technology-enhanced connections with peers and teachers, and become more self-directed and confident learners.
Student-centered learning shows promise as a way to engage and motivate young learners, deepen their interactions with academic content, and achieve the positive outcomes that pave the way to long-term success.