Posted on Jun 4, 2018
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to schools and districts looking to provide virtual learning options for students.
We know as an administrator, you are faced with a variety of issues when implementing flexible and varied course offerings and solutions. For example,Do you wish you could provide a student an advanced Spanish language course at a specific time of day because it’s not a world language offering currently available at your school? Are you looking to add AP® Calculus A and B courses but can’t find a certified teacher to teach them? Do you want to offer a “Principles of Coding” CTE course? Do you have a student who’s a traveling athlete and need to find courses offered through an NCAA approved program? Is there a teacher going out on long-term leave and you need to find a...
Posted on May 31, 2018
Our Always Improving series provides insight to our ongoing commitment to Odysseyware ® educators and our learners, to demonstrate our dedication to providing innovative, up-to-date, and relevant curriculum and learning opportunities for students, and support tools for students, teachers, and schools alike. We are committed to keeping our curriculum and instructional technology ‘refreshed’ for today’s schools in a dynamic digital environment.
We know as educators that high quality, rigorous, meaningful, and purposeful curriculum is essential to the success of our students’ education and lifelong learning beyond our classrooms.
Odysseyware ® has the same philosophy when it comes to our commitment to schools and students alike, through continuous review of the content and courses we provide our customers....
Posted on May 24, 2018
It is no secret that there are many Blended Learning definitions, and they mean different things to different teachers. As schools look to implement Blended Learning, we’ll explore seven models and how Odysseyware can support classroom, school, and district goals.What is Blended Learning?
Blended Learning is an instructional approach. It’s a way that we combine in-person instruction and integrate technology into our classrooms. In a nutshell, it blends face-to-face learning with opportunities for students to integrate with technology while learning in class. It does not replace the teacher !
According to an iNacol report on Blended Learning,
Horn and Staker’s definition expresses that “blended learning is any time a student learns, at least in part, at a supervised brick-and-mortar location...
Posted on May 15, 2018
We might be teaching in a 21 st -century classroom, but that doesn’t mean we became experts in how overnight.
For some educators, learning new technology and implementing strategies for teaching in a digital classroom, can be a little intimidating. For others, we may be ready to embrace a blended learning or online learning environment but simply haven’t received the training to understand how it can help our classroom, or implementation strategies and best practices on how to do so.
Teachers may be asking themselves,Where do I start? What are best practices? Can I integrate technology into my current class structure? I’ve been thinking about taking a blended learning approach, but how do I do it? How do I still maintain a highly collaborative environment while using technology? How do I...
Posted on May 14, 2018
The Flipped Classroom model has been a popular buzzword/concept over the past few years and its approach can have many definitions. What makes it so interesting and why are we still hearing about it? The teachers who have adopted this model are reaping the benefits and wishing they’d tried this approach sooner!
Using a Flipped Classroom approach has many benefits that not only help your students and parents/guardians, but YOU as teachers, too.
Using the Flipped Classroom approach allows you to:give students time to digest a concept at home spending as long as they need to develop the foundational knowledge necessary to go deeper on the learning make homework more engaging as we can avoid the traditional paper and pencil worksheets provide built-in support tools so that students don’t have to scour the internet, a textbook, their...
Posted on May 3, 2018
It’s never too late for anyone to get their high school equivalency diploma.
As schools continue to battle drop-out rates , chronic absenteeism , and adhere to ESSA and state bylaws to increase graduation rates , administrators are encouraging students to stay in school – or come back.
Students leave school for a number of reasons, and their motivations for seeking an alternative high school diploma are just as numerous. Many adult students want a diploma for personal achievement and a better quality of life. Adults may be seeking better income, advancement in their career, job stability, an opportunity to go to college, joining the military, and more.
An estimated 34 million adults over the age of eighteen do not have a high school diploma which accounts for an estimated 30 % of adults living at or below the poverty level. According to the Bureau of Labor...
Posted on May 1, 2018
Getting our students ready for college and career is priority number one for many high school educators. We work hard every day, all year long, to give our students the skills and knowledge they need to best prepare them for the next step of their journey beyond high school.
For many of our students that next step is college.
But preparing our students for a college entrance examination can sometimes be challenging – especially since the last thing our students want to think about is taking another high-stakes test. And I’m sure you’re cringing with the mention of that word, too! However, with the implementation of ESSA, some high school students have a choice to take the ACT® and others may not.What is the ACT?
The ACT assessment is one of the largest U.S. college entrance examinations administered to high school students. The ACT...