Blended Learning

WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING?

In SD45 we are continuing to explore creative uses of technology and time in the classroom. Many of our classes have added a digital component, and this embracing of new technologies is only increasing each year. In 2008, our school, along with the other two schools in the district began to offer courses that blended face-to-face classes with an online component. In these courses, students are able to complete courses within a guided, yet flexible framework, often outside of traditional school hours.

There are two different blended learning options:

  1. Courses that are offered at our school, outside the timetable. These courses allow students to increase their timetable flexibility and take additional courses beyond the traditional 8 course program.
  2. Courses that are offered at one of the other two schools outside the timetable. These courses allow student to access courses and programs that are not offered in our school.

At Rockridge, we offer the following blended learning course options:

  • Planning 10 (outside regular timetable)
  • Leadership 11 (outside regular timetable)
  • Peer Tutoring 11 and 12 (scheduled block within timetable)
  • Writing 12 (scheduled block within timetable)
  • Drama: Film and Television 11 and 12 (outside regular timetable)

Students at Rockridge can access the following courses at the other two schools:

  • New Media and Technology 11 (West Van)
  • Fashion Industry (West Van)
  • Young Entrepreneurship and Leadership Launchpad (West Van for grade 11 and 12’s)

PLANNING 10 ~ BLENDED LEARNING (Rockridge)

Planning 10 is a mandatory Ministry course, implemented in September 2004, for all students enrolling in Grade 10. This course is a requirement for graduation. Planning 10 also establishes the foundation for Graduation Transitions that all students must complete prior to Graduation. The prescribed learning outcomes for this course require that students develop an understanding of their personal responsibility for attaining and maintaining their overall health and financial well-being, and for pursuing and achieving their education and career goals. Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to plan for their successful transition from secondary school to their adult lives.

Planning 10 – Blended Learning is scheduled outside of the regular timetable. We meet online asynchronously (not real time) as well as in person at a pre-determined location. Most of the work is done online using the Inside45 portal; however, we also dedicate 3 hours each month meeting face to face. The face to face time can be before school, during lunch, or after school. Assignments are completed weekly and vary, comprising of online discussions, blogs, wikis, research papers, presentations, and online group projects. The aim of Planning 10 is to enable students to develop the skills they need to become self-directed individuals who set goals, make thoughtful decisions, and take responsibility for pursuing their goals throughout life.

LEADERSHIP 11 ~ BLENDED LEARNING (Rockridge)

Leadership 11 is an exciting, innovative, Board-approved course that has been offered at Rockridge School for two highly successful years. This four-credit course centers on personal development, communication skills, and leadership within the school and community.

Leadership 11 – Blended Learning is scheduled outside of the regular timetable. In addition to the weekly, after-school Monday classes, a variety of experiences have been designed to improve one’s leadership skills, both internally and externally. These experiences include: a three-day outdoor leadership retreat, mentoring of several grade eight students, guest speakers, team building activities, essays, reflective journal writing and a self-directed project.

Note: Students interested in taking Leadership 11 are asked to submit an application form to Mr. Harding before March break.

PEER TUTORING 11 ~ BLENDED LEARNING (Rockridge)

The Peer Tutoring program is offered to grade 11 or 12 students. Students should have a solid academic record and a desire to help other students with their learning. As a part of the school community, tutors work with their younger peers in the Learning Support Centre and in different classrooms. In September, students participate in 3-4 weeks of training.

Topics that are covered include:

  • Learning styles
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Study skills
  • Reading Strategies
  • Communication skills
  • The ethics of tutoring
  • Self esteem techniques

Peer Tutoring 11- Blended Learning is scheduled within the regular timetable. Tutors will be responsible for keeping accurate records of all peer tutoring activities and will demonstrate knowledge of issues related to ethics and confidentiality. This course will involve both a classroom and a practical component. Assessment includes 60% Sponsor Evaluation (practicum), 20% assignments and projects, 20% reflective journals.

Note: Students interested in taking Peer Tutoring must arrange an interview with Ms. Rinfret before April 15.

PEER TUTORING 12 ~ BLENDED LEARNING (Rockridge)

Peer Tutoring 12 has been designed to further develop Peer Tutors’ skills and strategies throughout the school year as they provide assistance and support to students in a school or community setting.  Students will participate in two of five practicum experiences:  working with students in a secondary classroom, working with students in an elementary classroom, working with students in an elementary school – extra curricular, working with students with a specific learning disorder, or working with a community group to apply the skills they have learned in Peer Tutoring 12.

Peer Tutoring 12- Blended Learning is scheduled within the regular timetable. Learning outcomes from the course are listed under the curriculum organizers: Communication Skills, Learning Disabilities and adaptations, Early Learning Skills and Strategies, Independent Project, Applications of Skills.

Assessment includes: 40% – 2 practicum experiences, 40% self and teacher evaluation of journals and anecdotal records, and 20% independent project.

WRITING 12 ~ BLENDED LEARNING (Rockridge)

Writing 12 is a creative writing course for students willing to discover more about themselves and the world in which they live through their endeavours in written expression. In order to accomplish this task with any modicum of personal triumph, a student in this course must be ready to listen with an open mind, be prepared to speak out loud, be interested in writing frequently and extensively, and be courageous enough to challenge themselves and stretch their creativity.During the year students will have the opportunity to write in a number of different genres including creative non-fiction, memoir, short fiction, poetry, and writing for the screen and stage.

Writing 12 – Blended Learning is scheduled within the regular timetable. Students will meet in class every class until mid-October at which point 50% of the classes will be held online. This flexibility in location allows for students to write in different spaces and times.

Because students will have more freedom with this model, a successful writing student is one who is genuinely interested in pursuing the craft of writing and who is self-motivated and disciplined.

There is no final exam for this course. Assessment is based on a rubric and will be evaluated by both the teacher and the student.  This course is open to both grade 11 and 12 students.

NEW MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY 11 ~ BLENDED LEARNING (District)

New Media and Technology 11’s focus is to engage students in conversations about today’s technology and media that most students use everyday. The course will be a balance between learning more about the tools and resources such as YouTube, blogs, and wikis; relevant discussions surrounding them; and open-ended projects for students to apply their new knowledge and skills. The course is both for tech savvy and tech beginners as it is not a course focused on programming and development but on ideas and insight.  This Blended Learning Course is based at West Van Secondary and meets face to face approximately twice a month.

FASHION INDUSTRY 12 ~ BLENDED LEARNING (District)

You love fashion! This course is for students who are interested in all aspects of the fashion industry. The course will look at the development of fashion and industry topics such as design, production, marketing and fashion promotion. Students will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio that will explore concepts in trends, accessories, design, product development, and marketing. This course will provide an excellent background for students interested in pursuing the fashion business at the post-secondary level. This course does not have a sewing component.  This Blended Learning Course is based at West Van Secondary and meets face to face approximately once a month.

YOUNG ENTREPREUNERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP LAUNCHPAD- BLENDED LEARNING (District)

The Young Entrepreneurship and Leadership Launchpad is a new course offered to students entering Grades 11 and 12 in September 2013. Those students who have an interest in business will be able to earn course credits toward graduation while working with both teachers and business/community leaders to design a business. Students will have the opportunity to connect with top entrepreneurial talent and participate in a Venture Challenge.

Hosted at West Vancouver Secondary, students from all three secondary schools are welcome to register. This course will run outside the regular timetable, with weekly 2 ½ hour classes/meetings from September – December. In January, students will break into mentorship groups, working towards “Venture Presentation Night”, during which they will share their business ideas and learning.

This course, with the involvement of WVSS teachers Jo-Anne McKee and Shawn Anderson, brings together the school, the community and our primary business partners: Rattan Bagga, CEO of Jiva Organics; Amit Sandhu, CEO of Ampri Group; and Punit Dhillon, co-founder, President and CEO of OncoSec Medical. We are very excited about this new course and the singular opportunity it affords our students.

Contact Jo-Anne McKee at jmckee@wvschools.ca or CLICK HERE for more details.

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