Disruptive innovation is turning education on its head. It’s revising what we view as a traditional classroom, led by the teacher only. This is allowing for a more student driven classroom. Providing the students to have more choices and working at a pace that fit’s their needs. This is the ideal classroom setting, where teachers aren't trying to differentiate every student individually. This student is differentiating themselves, and taking ownership of their own learning. This is important to push every student to their full potential, students that understand the concepts quickly can move on or spend time deepening their learning, while students that are struggling can slow down the pace and have a great opportunity to understand the concepts.
This innovation will provide an opportunity to solve many problems. Specifically allowing students to increase engagement. If they are attending school for the purpose of hanging with friends and striving to feel accomplished, having control over their learning will be much more suitable to achieve these goals. (Staker, 2015)
The push for technology is the attempt for education to keep up with other trends occurring in the world. Many K-5 schools have been implementing these techniques for years. The higher grade levels have been focusing on direct teach in order to prepare students for college. However, this has not been a successful strategy, to have students “sit and get” information. I am looking forward to seeing these concepts that K-5 have used for decades to trickle upwards to the higher grade levels.
I feel that the most successful blended learning strategy that would be best suited for my organization is lab rotation. I would like for students to rotate between online instruction, collaborative activities stations, and teacher-led instruction. (Staker, 2015) I think this would be easy to implement in classrooms, like mine, that is already a computer lab. Being able to direct teach to a much smaller group will allow students to more readily ask questions, and although this will be my primary model, at times it will be applicable to include flipped classroom. This will allow the students full autonomy to work at their own pace.
Currently, with our district implementing a Learning Management System in the last few years, there has been a push for one device per student. Many classrooms now have access to laptops, chrome books, or Ipads. With teachers having access to technology readily I think that more emphasis should be placed on students learning at their own pace. Teachers can do this by inserting lessons directly into the LMS. I still see teachers hesitant to allow students to take ownership of their learning and setting the pace of the class. Teachers are still showing videos to a class instead of allowing students access to viewing this information at their own pace.
First hand I have seen even these small subtle changes that have increased student engagement. Similar to when a teacher mentions in the book Blended, (Staker, 2015) just allowing students access to pause a video is powerful. For me, this would have been most beneficial in college. Imagine if you could pause a professor’s lecture to catch up with note taking or to read relevant content in regards to a lecture.
The opportunities for my classroom are exciting because I will have minimal push back in implementation because I already have access to one computer for each student. There have been other teachers at my campus and district-wide that have already implemented blended learning on many different levels. We are just trying to catch up with what the lower levels have been practicing these techniques for years while including technology.
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Staker, M. B. (2015). blended Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. San Francisco, CA: Josey Bass A Wiley Brand.