“I honestly love this system. Everyone can go at their own pace, ...I think it’s helping me understand things more, since I can go back and say, watch a video again as much as I need to….” - 7th Grade Student
There is high value in face-to-face instruction; no argument there. Research tells us that the combination of face-to-face instruction WITH online instruction significantly increases learning for students. Online components are used to enhance learning, allow opportunity to practice concepts, rewind classroom instruction, and give students a way to creatively reveal their understanding. Because of this, students have more time to learn, more time to collaborate on projects, and more time to get extra help from their teachers.
“I love it because I can work on my own pace and it’s more organized. It helped me out a lot and my grades have changed dramatically.” - 8th Grade Student
Some positives we have seen from this initiative include significant improvement in student classroom engagement, student behavior improvement, and students that are more motivated to learn and turn in work. Teachers have put in a great deal of time in and out of school to plan lessons, create videos and keep up with the extra grading but so worth it because it is has been so exciting!
There are some experiences that we would never be able to provide for students but with the iPads, we can! One of our latest additions has been Google Expeditions. This is an app (for iPad, iPhone or Android devices) that takes you into a different location with a 360 camera. Third grade dove into the differences between animal and plant cells. Fourth grade explored the eye. And careers classes explored a variety of health careers.