HOW LINDSAY CHEAL, A HISTORY AND LEADERSHIP TEACHER USES THE VLE FOR ALL OF HER LESSONS, ASSESSMENTS, AND ASSIGNMENTS
Lindsay Cheal teaches grade 10-12 History and Leadership at CtK. Lindsay has been using the VLE for all student assignments for 3 years. All assignments in her classroom are on the VLE, assignments are submitted virtually through the VLE and assessed digitally. Lindsay feels that her blended classroom approach keeps students accountable for their assignments and papers.
The VLE allows her to continue the lesson even after students leave the classroom – she will upload supporting resources such as videos, pictures, and graphs to supplement what they did in class that day.
For the 2018-2019 school year, Lindsay plans to continue using the VLE for her classes. In an upcoming field trip to a battlefield, she will have her students use Portfolio in the VLE to document evidence of learning.
HOW LAURA BRAGA USES THE VLE WITH HER FRENCH STUDENTS
During the 2017-2018 school year, Laura Braga piloted Brightspace in the VLE in her grade 9 core French class. Students were given an assignment to read in French and practice using French dialogues and record themselves using tools in the VLE. They were allowed to record on their own time at home or school, whichever made them feel more comfortable. Some students used the Brightspace Capture™ solution (a tool to record, share, manage, and search videos in the VLE), other students used Brightspace Portfolio (a tool to collect artifacts and store evidence of learning). Students enjoyed using their cell phones to complete the assignment. Laura then was able to assess the performance of each student and provide feedback directly through the VLE.
For the 2018-2019 school year, Laura plans to use the VLE with her English classes. Some of the ideas she had include using the VLE for book reviews, mock commercials for books students have read, podcasts, and literature circle discussions.