Is hybrid learning the next phase of education?

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Rocketship Education is doing just what we think rocketships should be doing, taking off and sending people to new heights. Rocketship Education is a nonprofit charter school network striving to eliminate the education gap nationwide by integrating hybrid learning models into schools. Hybrid learning, sometimes called blended learning, changes the school day as we know it by combining traditional classroom instruction elements, like face-to-face classroom learning, with an online learning program. By doing so, this nonprofit believes they are building sustainable schools and learning models in high-need areas.

Rocketship Education’s first schools are in San Jose, California and two of the three schools (the third is not old enough to test yet) ranks in the 15 top-performing high-poverty schools statewide. Maybe the computers keep students enthused. Maybe it’s a new learning model that keeps kids minds working. Maybe it’s a combination. But, this hybrid learning model is working for these students.

Pros of hybrid education

  • integrates technology into schools
  • interactive and customizable
  • students learn about technology
  • students learn at their own pace

Cons of hybrid education

  • distractions
  • some students learn better face-to-face
  • expensive
  • dissolving role of teachers

What other pros and cons can you think of? Is hybrid learning the education system’s future?

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2 Responses to “Is hybrid learning the next phase of education?”
  1. Thanks Alex for taking interest in Rocketship’s Hybrid Model. We wanted to clarify a few things about the Rocketship Hybrid Model that makes it unique.

    1) Our Learning Lab, which is a separate classroom filled with 50 computers, facilitates powerful, computer-based basic skills reinforcement on an individualized basis. Every child spends about 40 minutes on the computer, engaged with adaptive learning programs that have been prescribed specifically to meet that student’s individual learning needs.

    2) Additionally, for 6 hours a day the students spend time with outstanding teachers in the classroom. This separation of classroom and computer lab provides the opportunity for introducing new topics, providing guided instruction, helping students adapt to social environments and to respect their peers, and focusing on enhancing and extending students’ critical thinking skills.

    3) At Rocketship the role of the teachers will never dissolve as we often compare the teaching profession to a doctor who diagnosis’ problems with their patient. A teacher will use what they observe in classroom assessments and the data from the Learning Lab to diagnose where a student needs extra help and they will develop an Individual Learning Plan, similar to a doctor leading the treatment to help cure their patient. With the assistance of Learning Lab, we hope to make the teaching profession more sustainable.

    4) Rocketship Schools (Kindergarten-5th Grade) are public, thus receiving the same funding as public schools. Rocketship’s Hybrid Model is on a block schedule, which is how we are able to reallocate our finances to support the Learning Lab and other additional support staff, while continuing to keep class size average to about 25 students. Each of our schools have about 500 students.

    We hope this helps address questions about the Rocketship Hybrid Model as we are actively working to Eliminate the Achievement Gap with the help of Top-Quality Teachers, Individualized Learning, and the Rocketship Culture.

  2. Alex Butts says:

    Thank you for your response! I appreciate you explaining further what I read. Futuredemics supports your efforts in closing the the learning divide here in the U.S.

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