Blended Learning Academies is the newest opportunity to offer an alternative route The middle-level education (Grades 9-12) at the Academies will be an incubator of face-to-face and online learning environments melded together to best serve an at-risk population of students. The blended model seeks to reduce seat time and leverage technology for engagement and productivity. Students will engage in active learning through growth measured by completion of educational modules.
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Blended Learning Academies intends to serve as an incubator for determining what works best when blending face-to-face and online learning environments to produce academic achievement for this vulnerable segment of the Lansing area’s student population. The Academies intend to deploy a blended model of instruction that reduces seat time, leverages technology in productive and engaging ways to reduce the financial burden while focusing on helping these at-risk students.
The vision of Blended Learning Academies is to develop a network of laboratory schools across Michigan that demonstrate and model the latest in effective blended learning practices in the hope that traditional schools will see the benefit and adopt similar practices. Much like High Tech High School’s (San Diego, CA) demonstrated effective “in-the-building,” project-based learning, grades K-12, we envision Blended Learning Academies serving a similar function by supporting schools around the state in implementing effective teaching and instructional practices using “blended” models of learning that extends the school day and school year.