“The full-time online schools that we have now are not yet doing a great job… What’s showing much better results are what the trade calls blended learning classrooms where the teacher and the technology are working together in a building called a school and they’re working in a sophisticated way so that kids can be moving at their own speed.”
Twenty years ago, many education experts and policy makers believed that the dot-com boom would spark a revolution in education through the use of computers, the internet, etc… A few decades later, we’ve seen some improvements in education through technology but it hasn’t dramatically boosted learning or test scores in the way some believed it would. In this episode, Dr. Checker Finn, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, explains what types of technology have been working in education and also what types haven’t. One particular area that has been successful is blending learning, where the teacher and the technology are working together and enabling students to learn at their own pace. These forms of personalized learning via technology do hold promise for the future of education reform.