BLAST Learning Model
Blended Learning for Alliance School Transformation (BLAST) is an integrated technology educational model that builds upon Alliance’s successful college preparatory curriculum. This new way of learning truly integrates technology into the classroom, making learning more relevant, personalized, and dynamic. This model was piloted in 2010-11 at two Alliance high schools and expanded to a third high school in the Fall 2011. Smidt Tech is the fourth BLAST school to open in the Alliance.
Check out a video of the BLAST Model in action here.
BLAST classrooms have three small group learning stations that result in a vibrant, exciting classroom. All students rotate among the stations during a two-hour block schedule, keeping them engaged and involved in their own learning.
Teacher-Led Small Group Instruction: Teachers provide direct instruction with individualized
attention to a small group of 16 or fewer students.
Individualized Online Learning: Students learn at their own pace, receiving immediate feedback
and taking more ownership of their educational progress. The online digital content addresses
individual student needs, ensuring that students are neither held back nor left behind.
Collaborative Learning: Students work collaboratively in small groups, creating presentations,
videos, and other media that demonstrate understanding of real world issues, while
encouraging peer-to-peer cooperation.