The Hatboro-Horsham School District is seeking $100,000 in state funds to help undertake a "hybrid" approach to education aimed at blending digital instruction via computer with face-to-face teaching.
David Weber, Hatboro-Horsham's curriculum co-director, shared a brief presentation during a recent school board meeting regarding "how we want to leverage existing technology and future acquisition of resources."
Weber said the largely computer-driven instruction model could be put in place in either August, January 2014 or June 2014 depending on the cost, extent and size of the pilot program.
The idea, Weber said, is to "rotate students among learning stations," while incorporating adaptive digital instruction and face-to-face teaching for "personalized learning."
Under the model, Weber said students would spend one-third of their time learning with computers; one-third in self-directed activities; and one-third directly interfacing with the teacher.
"This is not an absolute model," Weber said, adding that it is instead a "fusion of some of those ideas."
But, before funding for the pilot program can be granted, Weber said officials would be visiting Keith Valley Middle School and Hatboro-Horsham High School in March to compile readiness reports.
Then, in April, design plan meetings, vendor consideration and the possible start to staff professional development could get underway, he said.