Kevin Gray is a math teacher at Thousand Islands Secondary School in Brockville, Ontario. Thousand Islands Secondary is a grade 7-12 school with approximately 750 students. Kevin teaches four online courses: Computer Programming, Calculus and Vectors, Data Management, and Advanced Functions. He also teaches one in-person class, Calculus and Vectors, to approximately 30 students. Much of his day is spent online using the VLE. To facilitate math education through the VLE, Kevin uses DESMOS, Excel, and other web-based tools that are readily available to his students. He even embeds DESMOS graphs, YouTube videos, and Excel files directly into the VLE to make his lessons interactive and engage students.
“The students really appreciate its [the VLE’s] ease of use and accessibility. The VLE really makes it easy to use and embed these tools.” – Kevin Gray, math teacher at Thousand Islands Secondary School in UCDSB.
When asked what he likes about the VLE, the first thing he said was ease of use. He has found that because of the intuitive design of Brightspace (the learning management system the VLE is built on), students don’t have issues navigating and finding what they need to do. As a teacher, Kevin has also found that the VLE is easy to work with and easy to customize, and that the online and phone support for all the VLE tools and features is an added benefit. He has also found that, in particular, his high school students appreciate that they are able to use a VLE/ learning management system since they will likely be using one for continuing education at colleges and universities in the future.
“The VLE lets students always stay connected and learning. I expect students to be active in their educational journey, and the VLE lets this happen. Students can get immediate content and video support and be part of the ‘classroom’ at any hour of the day within the VLE. Even feedback (via interactive examples, work, and electronic communication) happens quickly with the VLE.” – Kevin Gray, math teacher at Thousand Islands Secondary School in UCDSB.