Dec. 21, 2012
-- Leading implementation of blended learning and virtual schools across the UK
, specialist in school improvement strategies and support, has appointed Eileen Field as Director of Achievement, Virtual and Blended Learning in the UK.
In her new role, Eileen will be responsible for implementing flipped, blended and virtual learning in schools across the UK, drawing knowledge and expertise from her US counterparts who currently run successful online high schools in South Carolina, Colorado and Georgia. Experience gained using blended learning to inspire high school drop outs to sit their diplomas will also be shared with the UK institutions.
Formerly employed as Headteacher of the UK’s first virtual school, Eileen and her team were instrumental in doubling attainment levels for its 1,200 learners aged between 11 and 16.
Commenting on Eileen’s appointment, Tim Nash, Managing Director of EdisonLearning said, “We are delighted to welcome Eileen to the EdisonLearning team. The introduction of flipped, blended and virtual learning in the UK is an exciting move for us as a company, and something we believe will have a hugely positive impact on educational outcomes. Eileen is an expert in this area and we look forward to drawing on her knowledge and experience to enable British schools to achieve outstanding outcomes.”
Commenting on her appointment, Eileen said, “It is great to be working with a company that has such in-depth experience in virtual learning, backed up by first class research and comprehensive educational materials. It is so exciting to be able to take all the knowledge and successful strategies from the USA and develop and apply them to schools in the UK.” She continued, “Blended and virtual learning provide opportunities for all students to make positive progress, realise their full their potential and have a truly personalised education. The blended classroom means that technology can be used effectively to deliver the foundational learning; freeing teachers to work more creatively during class time, develop thinking, clarify concepts and extend knowledge. It is the start of a new era for education!”
EdisonLearning has recently launched a blended learning pilot with three secondary schools in the UK. Teachers are using e-learning materials to create a ‘flipped’ classroom, where students are doing preparation work on a topic before covering it in class. Students have been able to take much more control of their learning, directing the teacher to areas where they need further explanation. Even though the pilot has only been running for a few weeks, one school has already seen remarkable progress, with students grasping concepts twice as fast as before. To learn more about EdisonLearning visit: www.edisonlearning.net