EdTech & K-12 government contracting opportunities abound. So what’s buzzing now in this busy market? Blended Learning. Blended learning, unanimously labeled “hot” for 2016 by a panel of EdTech experts, is when a portion of a traditional face-to-face instruction with a teacher is replaced by online learning. According to Education Week, blended learning is “an instructional delivery method that leverages the effective use of technology to maximize (not replace) quality teacher instruction by increasing the amount of time each student is engaged in learning.” We’ve reported quite a bit on education trends and the increased role of technology in the classroom that have helped pave the way for blending learning such as: The growing presence of social media in education as an effective mean to communicate; the rise of Chromebooks, an integral part of learning plans, Common Core and STEM initiatives; gamification and 3D printing that can help students develop new technology skills. We also reported on project-based learning, where students explore real-world problems and challenges to acquire a deeper knowledge. Project-based learning is a key component of deeper learning and frequently combined with blended learning. Blended Learning is Flourishing, Contracts Up 55% A major influence that is driving this change results from acknowledging the reality of the way we live today. We can no longer ignore the ubiquity of technology—we must to welcome it into our classrooms and learning activities. Julie Freeland Fisher, The Hechinger Report Onvia has the most comprehensive database of procurement activity and spending plans from more than 80,000 entities in the U.S. Onvia’s database of government projects shows that the amount of blended learning published formal bids & RFPs increased substantially from 2014 to 2015, up 55%. Here are examples of a few past notifications in Onvia’s business-to-government intelligence system: Companies that specialize in blended learning (including related technologies, materials, consulting and training) can also find upcoming projects with Onvia. Onvia’s advanced tools lets clients set up custom searches for bids & RFPs. Search results can be accessed anytime in Onvia’s platform and new projects are emailed daily. Here are examples of upcoming opportunities in Onvia’s system: Blended Learning: Another Boost for EdTech in the Classroom A major influence that is driving this change results from acknowledging the reality of the way we live today. We can no longer ignore the ubiquity of technology—we must to welcome it into our classrooms and learning activities. DreamBox Learning / Getting Smart, Blended Learning Innovations Activity in Onvia’s database supports that blended learning is a growing part of education, bringing considerably more technology into the classroom. Clients can find future opportunities by looking at agency technology plans in Onvia’s database -- such as this project preview from Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia that plans to spend over $7 million between 2017 and 2021 for a Blended Learning Technology Plan: Opportunity to Build a Blended Learning Contracting Pipeline Technology alone isn’t going to improve student achievement. The best combination is great teachers working with technology to engage students in the pursuit of the learning they need. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Former Secretary of Education Duncan says that technology – when it’s used wisely – can “enable teachers to focus their time on the things they do best, like teaching critical thinking and helping kids who are struggling... And it can help them reinvent the most traditional school experiences… It’s about helping teachers work smarter, and helping students learn more quickly and stay more engaged. ” Blended learning is the latest in a list of innovative tech-focused teaching methods in the public sector. Though nothing can ever replace a good teacher, companies that can help schools with successful blended learning plans will help create a powerful learning experience through technology.