DC School Partners with Atomic Learning to Support Blended Learning

Kramer Middle School has partnered with ed tech training provider Atomic Learning to supplement its classroom learning. In 2011–12, Kramer had adopted a blended school model, which combined a personalized online program with face-to-face time with teachers. The school is now adding the Atomic Learning solution to support the blended model.

All elements of the program — including the online instruction — take place in the classrooms with teacher supervision.

“With this blended school model, the Kramer staff of strong, dedicated teachers works with students to make the most of every minute of the school day,” said Kramer Middle School Principal Kwame Simmons.

Each day, students have four class periods, including English and math. Classes are 90 minutes long, and for each one, the students are split into two groups.

Students in Group A spend the first half of the class (45 minutes) on computer-based lessons. Each student progresses through lessons based on his or her academic needs and gets immediate feedback on the work. The Kramer computer system also helps students organize their coursework and assignments.

Meanwhile, students in Group B have face-to-face time with the teacher. During this time, teachers expand on what students have learned and clarify areas of confusion. Students get significant one-on-one attention because the group is so small.

For the second half of the class, the two groups switch.

Atomic Learning’s online training, delivered in 1-3 minute video segments, augments the school’s blended approach by providing students and teachers access to over 50,000 tutorials. Content offerings include resources such as classroom tech integration projects to maximize existing technology resource and tech workshops on topics such as Engaging with Interactive Whiteboards and Keeping Kids Safe Online.

“Test scores are rising, attendance is improving, and students are engaged in learning,” Simmons said. “The Atomic Learning solution will continue this trend and engage staff and students alike.”