1. Love the ‘Sir Ken’ quote though I guess it’s probably still technology IF it’s still in use (most likely so integrated as to lose the ‘technology’ tag.

    Learning today should be personal – what works for the individual learner. But I do believe there is one distinction that is appropriate: factual learning or Effective Learning (as I call it in my communicating) – learning of facts to be regurgitated on any tests or development of understanding / visions usable to address meaningful situations. AND by the way, Effective Learning is very personal…

  2. George as much as I agree with what you’re saying about learning the reality is that there are some of us teaching in a blended vs traditional learning environment. This doesn’t mean other children aren’t doing learning in a blended environment, and that it is in fact just learning, but in the traditional notion of what people see school as, what I’m doing this year isn’t traditional. My students do not come to school five days a week – and for grade 1, 2, and 3 that isn’t “typical”. I do teach in a blended program. However the focus of the program has little to do with the term “blended” (although our funding relies on that exact notion) and everything to do with finding ways to help my learners learn in ways best for them. For many of my present students “traditional” school wasn’t working for them which is why they have chosen to join my program. Instead of worrying about the term blended we should focus more on finding best ways to meet the needs of all learners. I can assure you that’s what I’m doing for my amazing students and for many this is the first time they’ve actually enjoyed coming to school. Curious to learn about where I’m teaching now? Check out sailacademy.ca and yes we are free and part of Surrey Schools. But we are a blended learning program. Check out my most recent blog post “Teaching in Beta at SAIL”.

    • George

      Thanks for sharing Karen…I think what you are doing now is going to become more of the norm sooner than later. Hope you are having a great year!

  3. Paul Murray


    Thank you for always looking to the future. Being a visionary helps others see new possibilities for tomorrow. Thankfully I, among others, share your vision for technology simply becoming yet another useful tool for learning. A tool whose use just “is” with little or no fanfare. So, I understand the heart of your message, but please keep this in mind… the first internal combustion engine powered vehicle was called a “motorwagen”, but is now just a car. A fixed-wing aircraft is now just a plane. And almost a century ago, people’s dreams of wireless telephony were so far different than what we know today as the smartphone.

    My point, blending learning IS just learning, but it is such a different way of building the connections between neurons, far outside of what most people know, that it needs definition. We have to put a name to it. We have to study and understand how it is different from what we have known if we are to ever adopt its principles en mass.

    Someday, learning with technology will just be learning; however, today we must call it “blended learning”.




  4. I found your comments and the interaction of your readers really thought provoking. I am always interested in understanding why we invest so meaning in certain terms in education. There is always that element of pragmatism with our use of adjectives if you were to put all the terms in an alphabetically ordered list: from ‘active learning’ to the ‘Zone of proximal development’. In the case of ‘blended learning’, I also wonder if there’s not a little desperation around the term because of the way that technology is seen in education as a kind of ‘silver bullet’. There is no such thing as ‘just learning’ according to John Hattie and Greg Yates. In Visible Learning and the Science Of How We Learn (2014) they say this regarding how the new technologies: that it “may require additional skills, such as the proficiency to evaluate the quality of surface information that dominates the web. Even as a motivational device, ICT should not distract us from the strong effort required to learn.” I reckon there’s not getting around the fact that as teachers and learners that’s what we participate in… the strong effort required to model, coach and stumble through our own way of learning our craft.

  5. Well written ! Specially the quote by Sir Ken Robinson. Well, it is good to know that we are innovating in the education sector too. This is the need of the hour. Learning should be done in the way that it is interesting to students also and they have the strong basics also. Innovation in education and audio-visuals will help pupils get through the good exposure of the topic they want to study.

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