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Blended Learning Courses…How do we begin?

I am looking forward to speaking at the November 2011 NYSCATE Conference in Rochester! It is surprising to me that this will be the third year I have presented on the Hybrid High School topic. I recall in my first presentation back in 2009 that I predicted that it would not be long before we had online learning in New York, and I was correct. We now have the regulatory “green light” to begin online and blended learning programs.

For many districts this is a very new idea and administrators are really uncertain as to how these new rules may be implemented in their schools. What is the next step?

In my presentation I discuss my thought on this based on my experience creating my hybrid class and teaching students in this way. I believe we must begin with planning, training and start slowly but with commitment to move forward. I will post a full article after the presentation.

My presentation can be found here.


If you are interested on sharing your experiences, ideas, or just simply engaging in some brainstorming on the issue, I encourage you to email me at, or find me on FACEBOOK, “Susan Palmer”, or “masterymaze” on Twitter. Working together and sharing ideas and strategies just makes darn good sense in the days ahead! You may also register for this site and post a comment here as well.

I would also like to share this article which leads me to the question….Have we considered the brain research as further justification for adding online learning to our instructional practice? Dr. Gary Small’s research suggests that it may be of benefit for the development of the mind. I hope you will read this article and share your thoughts.

There is also another powerful argument made in the video below… My premise is that we have to reformat education and develop creative approaches. Watch this and see if you agree. The possibilities are amazing.

Our Purpose…


This site is designed to provide information and facilitate discussion of the issue of online learning k12.  As a teacher in New York who uses online learning and has created a bit of a “hybrid” class, I am in favor of using these tools to facilitate learning.  In my view, however, there are many issues and risks if we do not do this correctly.  We need thoughtful discussion and information.  We as teachers also need to be part of the process and discussion!

I ask that you give the issue some thought, become educated on the issue and express your views here and to the policy makers who are making these decisions locally and otherwise.  On this site, I expect the dialogue to be open while professional and meaningful.

As I am also an attorney. I plan to do what I can here to provide information and facilitate this dialogue.  I think I can be helpful as I am in the classroom, use online learning daily, but also am aware of the legal as well as professional concerns.

I believe in HYBRID learning and teaching.  I have posted a little video I made last summer which supports my basic view.  (I apologize for the typo in the video– I cannot recreate the video but think it is still worthwhile…).  Hopefully you will get the idea.  :)

We can really mess things up if we are not careful on this issue!  Let’s start the conversation, shall we?

My next post will highlight what is new at NYSED onthis issue and some of the risks I see.  Please post your comments and thoughts!

Let us begin tackling this important issue!

Sue Palmer

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