Margaret Raymond Driscoll is a nine-year Melrose School Committee member who is passionate about excellent teaching and learning for all public school students, and considers it a privilege to collaborate with others who share that passion. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MargaretDrisc. Just to be clear - opinions expressed here do not represent those of the Melrose Public Schools, the Melrose School Committee, or the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials - they are hers alone.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Elizabeth Christopher Does Some “Sitting In”

If you haven’t seen it, check out the Sitting In column from the October 30th Melrose Free Press, penned by Elizabeth Christopher of the Melrose Education Foundation, that speaks to using technology in the classroom. (You can find it here: http://melrose.wickedlocal.com/article/20141104/NEWS/141109069/12456/OPINION.) She explains, “As the technologies students are using become more digital, school districts across the country are looking at how these tools can be incorporated or “blended” into the classroom to improve teaching and learning” and elucidates, “The blended learning model allows educators to customize teaching strategies for different learners, pilot new technology, and give students the flexibility to repeat, augment, explore further and synthesize what they learn.” Two district educators, MVMMS Library Media Specialist Wendy Arnold and MHS Academic Facilitator Josh Cristiano, have worked together and separately to increase and improve the integration of technology into the curriculum, and Ms. Christopher provides examples of their own learning around this model and how they are sharing that with other educators in our public schools.

Teaching and learning has changed dramatically from, well, back in the day. Blended learning is not just the way of the future, it is the way of now and as Ms. Arnold notes in Ms. Christopher’s article, “This is the world our students live and play in.”