Expert tells teachers it’s not about technology; blended learning is a mindset
In keeping with the recent professional development reform of focusing less on technology skills that are constantly changing and more on mindset and 21st century pedagogy, the key to training incoming teachers for a school utilizing blended learning is not how to use the software, but more ‘what does the school hope to accomplish with blended learning?’
“What you’re basically training pre-service teachers to do is plan schooling backwards,” explained Dr. Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design at DreamBox Learning and former K-12 math curriculum coordinator and district strategic planning facilitator at Parkway Schools.
According to Hudson, there are eight things incoming teachers should consider for the implementation and use of blended learning in schools, and none of them have to do with Step 1: Turn on computer.
(Next page: 8 ways to prepare incoming teachers)