Idaho districts try a blended learning model and discover surprising benefits

blended-learningThe internet is doing a lot of things for her classroom, but Idaho teacher Kelsy Colwell said one thing it’s not doing is replacing her.

The Kamiah High School math teacher spent her summer building a curriculum that uses tablet computers instead of textbooks and has students watching lessons and submitting assignments online. Colwell is one of several teachers in the district and throughout the region using a blended learning approach.

When the school year began, both students and parents were skeptical about what the change would mean.

“I wanted a regular textbook,” said Kamiah senior Logan Six.

But Six said he’s found the flexibility and instant feedback the online component of the class affords him has been worth the transition from paper to iPad.

(Next page: How Idaho districts are implementing blended learning)