Prediction: the rise of blended learning (classes taught partially online, partially in-person) is going to mean big changes for K-12 teachers and students.
- There will be fewer of you- schools will save money by reducing teacher headcount (many charter schools piloting blended learning models are quite up-front about the cost-savings they are realizing by doing this).
- Consequently, class sizes will be significantly larger than before.
- You will have unprecedented abilities to collect and analyze student data, and to monitor student progress and adjust instruction appropriately.
- A blended class is likely to be more boring than a high-quality traditional class, and the quality of instruction is likely to be lower (see: Khan Academy).
- Being self-motivated will be a bigger advantage than ever before (for example, see the last part of this article: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/01/25/arizona-st-and-knewtons-grand-experiment-adaptive-learning)
- Learning will be much more at your own pace and customized to your needs.
Number three on each list is what has the potential to make blended learning truly revolutionary for both teachers and students.