The questions exist: In creating a new website, a new online resource, a new blog...are we adding to the glut of information that exists in the blogosphere? The plethora of "stuff" out there for educators and parents to access? Will a blog about blended learning and a website dedicated to supporting personalized learning for students in rural places be a good thing? Will it be worth the time we invest? The words we spend? The sleepless nights, the tossing and turning, the pondering over the purpose of our goal...of sharing information...when you're one of the millions of blog posts shot out into the cluttered void each day?
The questions are good ones, and we're answering with an adamant YES. Bring it. We want to contribute to the body of knowledge that exists about blended learning. We want to be players in helping to build environments where learning is personalized for each and every student in the classroom...and for each and every educator in the building. We want to help parents understand that technology in our schools isn't just about screen time. We want the adults who learned "old school" (It was good enough for us! We didn't have computers, and we turned out o.k.!) to understand that it truly is a new day, and there really are better ways to teach and more efficient, meaningful ways for students to learn. We want to pave the way for other rural teachers, administrators, and small districts who want to escape their educational doppelgängers of centuries past. Really, when it comes right down to it, we just want to help. We want to do good in an educational landscape filled with landmines. We want to make schools places where kids learn. All of them. All the time.
So, here it is: BlendED Alaska's first blog post. It makes me dizzy to watch the numbers increase on the "blog posts written today" counter. By the time I hit "post," it'll probably be close to 1.75 million...up by 15 million in the half-hour it took me to write this. We are excited. We're nervous. Anxious. But we're also tremendously optimistic about the impact we can have -- a tiny little school district in rural Alaska that has seen the light, discovered the difference blending and personalizing and working-smarter-not-harder can have in our schools. And we can't wait to share. There is so so so much more to come.
Posted by Tammy Van Wyhe, CRSD Director of Teaching & Learning Support
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