In the Greely-Evans School District 6, blended learning is found to be effective at enabling students to partially control when, where and how they learn. The district implemented blended learning six years ago, mixing online instruction and technology with traditional classroom instruction. Today it is in place at least partially at 17 of 25 district schools.
The results of a study of the blended learning initiative is showing some clear data that supports the effectiveness of the strategy.
The study was conducted with the University of Northern Colorado Education Innovation Institute. The scope of the study included kindergarten through fifth grade math classes at six school.
The results of the study indicate that 79 percent of teachers were enthusiastic about blended learning, and 73 percent think it impacts student performance significantly. In addition, 63 percent also believe that it makes them more effective teachers. Initially the UNC researchers did not believe there would be a significant difference between blended and non-blended classes, according to Deagan Andrews, director of instructional technology.
Franklin Middle School is historically one of the district’s worst performing schools. Those students improved by 14 points in the median growth percentile on statewide tests in math and English language arts.
The district is considering hiring more blended learning coaches, adding on to the two full time and one part time coaches for 17 schools. They also want to have more technology available in classrooms to lower the student-to-device ration two to one from the current five to one.