In her article titled, “Advantages of Blended Learning,” Natalia Sparks describes the myriad ways that technology and online learning can be integrated into traditional classes to maximize the educational experience.
“Rather than addressing feelings of being displaced by computers, instructors could focus on meaningful ways to blend the learning experience, appropriately integrating computers where they make sense and providing classroom experiences when they felt computers could not appropriately teach the content.”
As I design engaging discussion questions and student driven assignments to compliment my own curriculum, I am amazed by the possibilities that an online discussion tool has in the contemporary classroom. Although a growing number of teachers recognize this potential and welcome the role of technology into their curriculum, many do not.
Are teachers today prepared to integrate technology into their curriculum? Are teacher training programs giving their students the opportunity to explore the potential of technology? Why are so many teachers resistant to this idea of blending an online component with their in class curriculum?