Simply put, it means teaching differentiated curriculum within the same setting. In the Extended Core Program this is the foundation of learning. No two students are at the same level of mastery for any one concept. Their programs (IEP) are unique! I write goals based on each student and not one goal fits all. Nightmare??? Could be EXCEPT ...
I use educational technology tools to blend. In this picture, the students in the foreground are working on the same extended core curriculum standard. On the right the student is practicing letter formation using the iPad application Cursive Writing Practice. The student to the left is using paper pencil to practice cursive signature for documents and applications with the focus on line and space management.
In the background you have a peer tutor learning a unit of regression/recruitment data collection and its application for the program with a mini quiz. To the left is an adult paraprofessional learning the same unit and how to implement a learning unit on reading with corrective cues.
All 4 are learning. All 4 are fully engaged. All 4 are fully utilizing the learning time.
Blended learning is made possible because of iPads, headphones, mobile learners and having learned how to combine educational technology and instructional systems into the extended core program.