Challenge Educators at GOC have worked to build a full-time online school designed specifically to engage the K–12 learner. When they started developing their middle school program, they realized they...
In an increasingly AI-driven world, it’s hard for schools to know how to prepare students for future careers in roles that may not even exist today. Necedah Schools is embracing D2L technology to help its students learn independently, in their own time and on their own terms—giving them the skills to adapt to whatever the future holds.
Joanne Kenney, Curriculum Consultant and Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact (TELT) for HCDSB spoke to D2L about how schools in her district use Brightspace in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). One of the Brightspace tools in the VLE, Portfolio, is widely-used in HCDSB. Teachers use Portfolio to connect in-classroom learning with out-of-classroom experiences. Joanne shared with us how four teachers at Christ the King Catholic Secondary School (CtK) in Georgetown, Ontario were using Portfolio in the VLE and we were intrigued.
Early in the 2017-18 school year, Hurricane Irma exhausted the three built in inclement weather days leaving no days left for the typical ice or snow school closures. When the snow came in January, Gwinnett executed a plan that was a culmination of several years of training and planning. GCPS successfully held three Digital Learning Days and preserved the continuity of instruction.
Providing students with more opportunities to learn, to further their education into post-secondary, and to connect with their courses in a more meaningful way is of major importance to the SNP STEAM Academy. Created as an extension of Six Nations Polytechnic, the STEAM Academy provides a secondary-school education in a culturally diverse community, with a strong focus on connecting students to careers in the technology industry. Students can attend this program entirely for free. Using a blended learning approach, students can earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and earn college credits towards their college diploma within a 5-year period. And this is what makes them unique.
All K-12 public school teachers in Ontario have access to Brightspace as part of a provincial virtual Learning Environment. A few of those teachers shared how they’re using the LMS and what they love about it. D2L and the Ministry of Education have an 11-year partnership, with the goal of supporting technology-enabled learning in Ontario. Every school board in Ontario has a Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching (TELT) contact, who support teachers using Brightspace. If you’re an Ontario teacher, contact your school board to learn more about your TELT contact and how they can help. You can also check out the Brightspace Community. For useful teaching and learning resources, you can also subscribe to our blog, by clicking “subscribe” and entering your email address.
In a recent survey by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 93% of teachers responded that they now use some type of digital technology to teach. Teachers are increasingly experimenting with digital technologies as a way to enable learning strategies, such as adaptive learning, and are engaging with students online to assign web-based projects, provide feedback, and offer interventions. Gwinnett County Public Schools is a school district operating in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The largest school district in Georgia, with 134 schools serving more than 176,000 students, Gwinnett County Public Schools embarked several years ago on an ambitious digital learning initiative to transform instruction and learning inside and outside of its classrooms through blended learning.