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Over the summer, I took Integrating Technology Into Programming, Services, and Instruction. In that class, we explored new and interesting ways to deliver instruction to students. One topic that stuck with me is that of Blended Learning and the Flipped Classroom. If you’re unfamiliar, blended learning is the combination of brick and mortar learning and e-learning. Both are awesome approaches to teaching in the modern classroom.




















Blended Learning- Current Use, Challenges, and Best Practices. (2013). [What is Blended Learning]. The Oxford Group for City & Guilds Kineo. Retrieved from


It doesn’t surprise me that educators are interested in this kind of learning. If 86% of teachers are willing to give this a shot, you know that there’s some merit here. So much is expected in a certain amount of classroom minutes, but there’s never any wiggle room for emergencies, assemblies, behavior problems, technical malfunctions, etc. So, if educators can begin using Blended Learning or the Flipped Classroom model, that frees up so much time in the classroom for the work part of the assignment.

Here’s a quick Youtube video about the flipped classroom and blended learning.

Sprouts. (2015, September 28). The Flipped Classroom Model. Retrieved from


In the infographic below, you see how the class period is split: 65-80 minutes a week where the students are learning new material and then there is only 21-28% of the time left to help students understand what they’re supposed to be learning. That’s nowhere near the amount of time they need for individual attention. And let’s not mention the amount of time you lose, in general, because it’s a Tuesday after a long weekend where it’s raining, an awards show was on Sunday night, and there’s a full moon on the horizon…


Flipped Learning the Big Picture. (2015).  Circulus Education. Retrieved from

The benefits:

  • Gives students some autonomy over their learning
  • Frees up classroom time for the work part of lessons because all of the instruction is done online
  • Stronger motivation to learn online and develop their interests
  • More specialized learning for students- no “one size fits all” curriculum
  • Establishes purposeful homework
  • Creative collaboration with teachers and classmate

The drawbacks (and these are pretty important limitations):

  • Students are 100% responsible for their independent learning
  • Students must have internet access and a device to do the work at home (and some districts, like mine, do not provide devices to students)
  • Teachers will do way more preparation to “front load” for the lessons


With all of the money school districts spend on initiatives and whichever curriculum is slated to be the next big thing,  why wouldn’t they take that money and invest it in the actual kids and teachers. Get them tablets that they can use at home for these assignments. Let’s get back to common sense teaching. Watch the lessons at home, take notes, come in with questions, email teachers for more help. Then, come in ready to do the actual work in class. Sit in groups that make sense, assign peer tutors, and allow teachers to help reinforce skills and utilize every single minute in the classroom for the real work.

5 thoughts on “Blended Learning Infographics

  1. Karen says:

    I am one of the 86% of teachers who gave blended learning and flipped learning a try. After participating in the Beck Blended Learning (BBL) Fellowship program, via DU, I jumped into BBL with both feet in my classroom. I did run into roadblocks, mainly, the lack of available tech at my school. I also created a series of flipped learning videos. Now that my school is 1:1 for several grades, BBL is easier to plan and use with my students. My school has also required all reading teachers to use reading stations at least once a week. The reading stations work hand in hand with BBL. My students like the idea of stations because they get to work collaboratively and have more choices on how to accomplish a task.
    Flipped learning is a wonderful strategy, but when you have parents that don’t buy into the practice, it is difficult to use. The first couple of years, the parents and students were excited and found the strategy useful. Last year and this year, I’m finding the parents not as supportive, meaning students come back the next school day without having watched the video and completing the tasks necessary to continue the lesson.
    I found the video and graphics you used useful and informative. Your enthusiasm for teaching comes shining through on this post. Thank you for motivating me to take a closer look at flipped learning again. I hope by using reading stations and blended learning, that I can again incorporate flipped learning.

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    1. Karen,
      Thank so much for taking time to read my post. Your response is fascinating! It’s odd to think that parents began loving the program and then turned on it… Normally, I’ve found it to be the other way around. Once parents see what’s happening, they’re more willing to buy in. Your point about students not fulfilling their end of the deal is most troubling. My district does not encourage giving homework because most of it never gets done, there’s no one to help at home, etc. So, this BBL would be a risky move. BUT, I believe that the ends justify the means. The kids are woefully under prepared for high school (our high school as a 38% dropout rate- SHOCKING, right?!) and they are failing. I think that really digging in and investing in the kids and teachers is what’s missing. I cannot begin to tell you how much money is WASTED on programs that don’t work. We give them 2-3 years and then jump to the next. Currently, we’re using a math curriculum that has NO BOOKS. You can imagine how successful that is. And, the LA curriculum is all scripted. There’s no room for anything that isn’t in the teacher’s manual. It’s a sad, sad state of affairs. And something like this may jumpstart this antiquated kind of teaching we do… (gets down from soapbox and bows)


  2. Kaleena Woodard says:

    Flipped/ Blended classrooms is something that most teachers are doing. I really do see the benefits of it. Incorporating technology so students can learn at their own pace. Incorporating what they do when they get home from school besides homework is a good thing as long as the parents see the purpose in this way of learning. I see this going on at the college level as well. If students need any help with things that they do not understand, they can rely on classmates to help out. I wish I had this type of learning in school. Great blog.


  3. Heather GF says:

    I love the idea of a Flipped Classroom! I love that students are in control of their own learning. I love that students want to be motivated to learn. I love the fact that it is individual learning. However, some students aren’t motivated to learn for numerous reasons and I think parents and students are so busy after school that the work for home does not get accomplished (like Karen said). Even with technology, parents are used to a traditional classroom, so they might not fully understand how a Flipped Classroom works. I do feel you can modify a flipped classroom a bit. Maybe all the work should be at school, maybe have some traditional learning that leads to flipped learning. Teachers all run their classroom differently and so the “flipped classroom” concept will be different for each teacher too!


  4. Emily Dubicki says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I really enjoyed reding your blog! I am very interested in the idea of a flipped classroom and it is something I would love to pursue in the future. But I think my school has several road blocks especially that my students lack the access to technology at home other than a smart phone and the accountability for homework assignments. This year i have tried to swithc more and more of my assignments to google classroom but have faced some big challenegs gettign studnets to adapt to this style of assignments. I think it is an awesome tool for students because it would allow students to really take ownership overhtier learning. However, I wonder if you had on thoughts on if you think this style of teaching is more impactful for one age group over another ?
    Thanks !


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