eSchool News highlights some of the 10 most significant ed-tech developments of 2014, and flipped learning and blended learning are No. 7

blended-flippedEach year, the eSchool News editors compile 10 of the most influential ed-tech developments and examine how those topics dominated K-12 ed -ech conversations. No. 7 on our list for 2014 is flipped learning and blended learning.

Flipped learning—where students watch lectures at home or after school hours and engage in hands-on more constructive tasks during the school day—and blended learning—which mixes online and face-to-face instruction—have certainly moved beyond buzzwords this year.

These two instructional models differ widely, but both frequently make use of students’ personal technology—from smartphones to laptops—and can help a variety of students with different learning preferences.

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Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura