The right blended-learning model has the potential to revolutionize your language-learning program. An obstacle that many schools and districts face is fear. Teachers worry that they have to be technology wizards in order for blended learning to be successful for them. That couldn’t be further from the truth, especially when it comes to language-learning solutions.
There’s nothing to be afraid of
The first thing to remember is that blended-learning applications, including those in the Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite, were designed with the end user in mind. That end-user base includes young children. Even the back-end operations of these systems, like reporting and data management, mirror the ease of use of the front end.
Second, it’s okay to encounter difficulty, even in front of the students. They like to help. And they also like to know that their teacher is human. Working out any tech problems together during a lesson can serve as a bonding exercise.
Finally, just because blended learning can revolutionize your practice doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. You can still use the lessons and activities that have guided you to success for years. The technology is a tool, to be used where it makes the most sense for you.
How to move forward with blended learning
Think of the goals you would have for a blended-learning model. Student achievement would obviously be one. But also think about the things that reduce your teaching time, like tracking student progress or paperwork. Make sure your model addresses those needs, hopefully transferring those responsibilities to the technology.
Then, do some research. Chances are that someone has already experienced the same concerns you might have about implementing blended learning—and has already solved them. Look at the best practices and some sample implementations that best resemble what you have in your mind’s eye.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. In fact, Rosetta Stone would be happy to act as your personal consultant, guiding you every step of the way toward making your language-learning program more efficient, cost-effective, and engaging for both you and your students. With thousands of classrooms already using the Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite, we’ve seen teachers just like you come up with some creative ways for the system to help them become better instructors. We’d love to share that knowledge with you.