This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Blended Learning has become a catch phrase-- a buzzword for using technology in the classroom. The idea is used to describe the education system's response to the need for 21st century skills, a solution to the budget crisis in schools, and a beacon of hope for the transformation of education through individual interventions. In my talk I sharpen the idea of blended learning and offer some insight on potential successes and pitfalls of implementing a true blended model. Blended learning has enormous potential but it is not a panacea for the woes of education. Drawing on my experience in a blended classroom and as an administrator my goal is to contribute to the debate that is currently happening in our school districts, in our schools, and in our media over the incorporation of technology in education.
Monique is currently teaching in the Education Department at Ithaca College, training the newest generation of future teachers as they prepare to inspire their students. Education is her career and passion. Last year she was part of the founding team at Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School, a blended learning charter school in San Jose which is integrating technology to innovate on the middle school curriculum. Prior to that she was an assistant principal, taught math and science, coached volleyball, and created an Outdoor Education Program for middle school students. Monique received her MEd in School Leadership from Harvard University and her BS in Human Development from Cornell University.
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