I wanted to share this video I created and posted on youTube this week. I created it to express my views and summarize the training I gave this week in Ellicottville, New York. I am a high school social studies teacher of at risk students and am using Moodle to turn my classroom into a hybrid course. I still see my kids the same number of days and my classroom really looks just as it did before. I have added an online component in Moodle and have basically extended learning beyond the walls and class time.
As an inclusion teacher it is critical for me to be able to differentiate and provide additional resources. My Mastery Review Lab has allowed me to do that while transforming my class and teaching into a much more enjoyable and engaging learning experience for my students. Through this site I also link to my podcasts and other district online resources.
I believe this is a good thing for students and education. I also believe that it is going to happen whether teachers are involved or not. Districts are looking at off the shelf programs to provide credit recovery and address similar issues. I strongly believe that teachers should be involved in creating the "hybrid high school" which aligns with their teaching and courses.
This is not that difficult. With a little training we can all do this! If we don't, the face of education will change in any event. We need to be part of the solution.
I love my hybrid high school classes and so do my students. Research supports online learning!
If you have not considered this as of yet, let's talk about it, shall we?
Social Studies Teacher
Global 9 and US History Inclusion