This week the Innosight Institute released a groundbreaking report titled “Classifying K-12 Blended Learning.” While intended to clarify definitions and provide a common language for the education community, the report does much more. It illustrates the growth and prominence of blended learning (more than 80 programs were consulted in drafting this report). And it provides a crystal clear map of four different blended learning models.

Authors Heather Staker and Michael B. Horn define blended learning as follows: “A formal education program in which a student learns at AND at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.”

Blended programs shake up the 19th century education model and put the emphasis back on students. These two videos illustrate the success possible through blended learning: KIPP Empower Academy and Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School.

If you’re interested in learning more about the blended learning revolution, download Innosight’s report. Better yet, make a copy and give it to your local school board. As always, the iLearn Project is here to help.

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[Reprinted from the iLearn Project blog; feature photo credit: Foto_di_Signorina]