When does educational technology become disruptive in the classroom?

Support in the classroom – Teaching in a blended learning classroom is different in some ways to teaching in a traditional classroom. Teachers need to understand these differences, and may need practical modelling of these techniques by experienced blended learning practitioners.

Personal support for teachers – A change of this magnitude will be personally confronting for some. Thus, personal support and understanding from leaders is vital. Teachers need to know that they are valued, and that support is readily available.

Support for students – Students also need to know the benefits of the changes, and need to have strategies on how to succeed in a blended learning classroom. Quite often this environment requires more self-discipline, time management and organization; life skills vital for all.

Support for parents – Parents also need to be aware of the benefits of the changes, and effective communication of the process is vital.

Peter West is Director of eLearning at Saint Stephen’s College in Australia. He has over 15 years’ experience leading K12 schools in technology enhanced education, particularly blended learning using online learning environments. He can be contacted at

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