Hybrid classes is the trend in the air or was it already there in an implicit form? Questions are often asked by parents on the meaning of the term.
Hybrid learning- is a perfect amalgamation of the in-person face-to-face classroom with the parallel infusion of technical learning tools, most widely used to welcome a smart learning system- a smart learning toolkit with the smart mentor assisted by the smart assistive technology. For some progressive schools, hybrid learning was always there as a flexible accessible mode to extend their unique approaches to learning to the students across the geographical limits.
Amongst a couple of advanced institutions worldwide like the Pearson Schooling, Canterbury School, Stone Ridge, Lexington School in the US, The Green School Bangalore (TGSB) from India has been proficient with the hybrid model much before the strike of the pandemic.
While hybrid schooling creates a blend of the online setup of attending the virtual sessions with the teachers along with the face-to-face physical schooling, the novelty of this model is in creating digital excellence in learning. The model has far-reaching impacts in inculcating the self-management skills in the self-regulated learners who become equipped in managing their timetable independently, planning their organizers, and inculcating the modern era technological skills in learning.
Considered to be far more inclusive, enjoyable, and meaningful, the hybrid model is an advanced sophisticated tool for new-age learning, where knowledge is not acquired but constructed. Parallel to the collaborative research work, it brings in the opportunity to apply the researched concepts in a real-life context through in-person classroom engagements. It opens up accessibility to be mentored by the best of the best facilitators across geographical limits. The perfect mix of the physical and virtual learning world in a singular environment is the best-fit model for a collaborative reflection.
With the use of edtech, students become proficient in using a plethora of digital resources and toolkits while learning over a digital interface.
Not only does it save the time of travel and energy, but it also exposes the students to how to use the digital tools needed to be an integral part of the informative age and transform into a digital native.
In addition to opening up, a wide window of looking through the implications of concepts with a research-based mindset, the online sessions of the hybrid model prove to have the flexibility of learning in a home. Hybrid learning helps mentors to actually operate with a better version of an inclusive classroom, addressing the diverse learning needs of the students. While some may love to learn through the problem-solving way, some through simulation and gaming, and some through self-paced research. This novel mode of learning is a perfect model to boost the confidence of the students through the inculcation of self-management skills. There are many parents who are confused about choosing the best school which supports the online learning system without any interruption. On one hand, some parents share their journey of choosing the so-called best school for their children which has a fancy getup. While there are few selected parents who prioritize their choice of the best school based on the amount of investment a school does in its digital infrastructure and human assets.
Redundant to assert that the most rational decision-makers would surely consider the take-aways out of the pandemic wave in unconditionally prioritizing the criterion of quality education assurance-the starting point of a sound learning ecosystem assisted by technology.
The most enriching experience for all the four stakeholders in the learning system-school, mentors, parents, and students-is the mutual conversation happening in the process through live-streamed video of in-person classroom engagement. While there is an in-person classroom engagement, the learning receives its fullest outcome through the asynchronous or self-paced learning mode. No wonder as of date, more than 30% of the K-12 students share their benefit out of the hybrid model of learning.
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