At my school, students are very interested in using technology in their classrooms. Students have responded very well in the few opportunities they have had to use technology, in particular the computers in the computer lab. However, many of our students still need the guidance of a teacher to help them with their learning. Some students still need help with basic learning skills such as addition, subtraction and multiplication facts, as well as basic writing skills and reading skills. After having visited a catholic school in Glendale that has already begun using Blended Learning through the station rotation model. After our observation, and after watching the in-class youtube video on the station rotation model, we have felt that this model is the one that best fits our school make-up. This particular model will allow our teachers to schedule different working stations throughout the day. The teacher will be able to provide the students the one-on-one assistance they need to clarify any problems they might have about a certain topic. The students can work together at a second station in which they can help each other conduct research or help each other find solutions to problems, and in the third station they might be able to work independently while typing a paper, doing their own reading, and conducting their own research at their own pace. This model will work best for our school because we have concluded that our teachers still have control of the learning, while giving the students some of that power. Through the use of the programs designed to be used on a computer, students can all learn at their learning level without feeling the need to catch up to the rest of the students in the class.
As far as how we will introduce Blended Learning will be introduced at our school: it is my goal to have Professional Development Meetings to go over some of the many websites used for learning and assessing student learning. We would make sure to use only those websites that work for certain grade levels and that teachers felt comfortable with. Because we are still in the beginning stages, I would first like to roll out Blended Learning in a certain subject like math or language arts for the first half of the school year so that its not a shock to the students and the teachers can feel comfortable with implementing Blended Learning. I would then gradually begin to use it with other subject so that much of our school day could include the use of computers in our classroom.