Target 3: Flexible Learning Environments FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.
Action Step: Increase access to resources for all students using digital tools making learning more accessible for diverse learners
Indicator: Staff, students and community embrace the digital, social, mobile and “always on” learning styles of 21st century students.
This year, FWSU will use Schoology to create blended professional learning opportunities for teachers as well as students. Blended or hybrid learning opportunities utilize both online and in-person components in the delivery of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The digital delivery of content and instruction often provides the learner with better control over the time, location, and pace of the learning.
As part of the FWSU Mentoring Program, all new teachers will participate in a blended (or hybrid) course called Professional Practice Forum. The purpose of the forum is to deepen understanding of new teacher practice by participating in a cohort that meets monthly – sometimes face-to-face and other times through the Schoology platform.
The blended course provides new teachers with several opportunities. They get to reconnect with other new teachers in their cohort on a regular basis for peer support and engage with content designed specifically to enhance their experience as first year educators in FWSU. Equally important, they get to experience Schoology from the student perspective, which can reinforce their own use of the platform and its collaboration tools for online and blended instructional features within their own classrooms.
As we continue to make progress in meeting our Action Plan targets of personalizing learning for all students in flexible learning environments that reflect a digital-age culture, we provide a blended learning environment for teachers using Schoology to encourage us all to keep moving “above the line” in professional learning on the SAMR model.