Speak Up logo

Flipped, Blended, Virtual: New Classroom Models, Technology & Personalized Learning

Technology Value & Use by Classroom Model Findings from Speak Up 2016

Teachers in flipped, blended and virtual classrooms see greater value in digital learning for personalized learning

Agree: Teachers in Traditional Classrooms Teachers in Flipped, Blended and Virtual Classrooms
The use of tech results in students taking greater ownership of their own learning 34% 53%
The use of tech results in students learning in ways that match their individualized styles 40% 50%

And, they use technology differently with students

  Teachers in Traditional Classrooms Teachers in Flipped, Blended and Virtual Classrooms
Use technology to facilitate student collaborations 38% 56%
Customize digital content to meet specific classroom needs 45% 56%

Technology Enhances Teachers' Capacity for Personalized Instruction, Particularly in New Model Classrooms

And, they use technology differently with students

As a result of integrating technology within my practice, I am now .... Teachers in Traditional Classroom

Teachers in Blended Classroom

Teachers in Flipped, Classroom Teachers in Virtual Classroom
Providing my students with more individualized attention 35% 52% 61% 57%
Creating more student-centered learning experiences 34% 47% 56% 49%
Helping my students become self-directed learners 32% 74% 56% 56%
More aware of individual student needs 31% 44% 52% 47%
Spending more time with individual students 20% 31% 43% 39%

Classroom Models, 2016 Status

Teachers report they are in the following types of classrooms:

Traditional (73%)
Blended (19%)
Other (6%)
Flipped (2%)
Virtual (1%)

Half of all parents now say they prefer a blended learning environment for their children.

Districts are embracing new classroom models and reporting positive academic impacts.

While more than 70% of teachers say their classroom format is traditional, just over half of all students agree. Students report greater percentages of blended and flipped classrooms.


Source: Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, 2016 Findings - the results of the authentic, unfiltered views of 514,351 K-12 students, parents, and educators from around the world, including 38,512 teachers. Speak Up is an annual research initiative of Project Tomorrow, a global nonprofit organization. Learn more about Speak Up and other research findings from Project Tomorrow at tomorrow.org.

Speak Up is generously underwritten this year by the following innovative companies

Apex Learning Blackboard Brain Pop Dreambox Qualcomm Wireless Reach Rosetta Stone Scholastic