College & Career Readiness: Connecting School to Work

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

College and Career Readiness

Why do I have to learn this?”

I can’t possibly be the only teacher that heard this question on a weekly basis, can I?

Much like how I felt with having to sit through some of my classes wondering how I might need this in the future, our students often have a hard time connecting school to career or college direction. We all want to live in the present and the future is sometimes just too foggy to deal with it.

Preparing our students for college and career is more than just a phrase we use in education.

It’s a pathway and an action we take as teachers. It’s a commitment to our students that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that we prepare and motivate our students the best we can before they leave high school – regardless of the paths they choose to take.

Preparing our students is also the action we...

Understand the Balancing Act Between New State and Federal Indicators

Posted on Jun 10, 2018

ESSA Indicators

As we continue to dive into the ESSA discussion, we might all agree that the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can be complex. There are many facets to the new[ish] federal law that allow states to dictate more of their accountability than under the previous No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. ESSA provides states with broad discretion in establishing their own terms regarding accountability for how their schools spend federal funds. Despite this surprising level of autonomy, ESSA does require states to establish their federal accountabilities along similar parameters.

For example, each state must determine how they will meet the same four or more Implementation Indicators ( or benchmarks by which they will be held accountable in demonstrating student achievement). The first four are generally the same for each state and the 5 th or more give more...

Academic Services: A Virtual Partnership Made Just For You!

Posted on Jun 4, 2018

Odysseyware Academic Services

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...

The Odysseyware® Commitment: Continuous Review of Curriculum

Posted on May 31, 2018

OW Always Changing Always Improving

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....

7 Ways to Implement a Blended Learning Model

Posted on May 24, 2018

Odysseyware Blended Learning

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...

The Art of Digital Teaching

Posted on May 15, 2018

The Art of Digital Training

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...

Using ClassPace™ in a Flipped Classroom

Posted on May 14, 2018

Blooms for Flipped Classroom

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...