Blended Learning & Online Programs

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McDonogh #32 incorporates blended learning, also referred to as personalized learning, into every classroom. This philosophy allows students to learn at their own pace while building soft skills in students and teachers. Students receive personalized lessons based on their skill level.

McDonogh #32 uses progress monitoring and diagnostic incentives to encourage student engagement. We are using the rotation model of blended learning that involves one class of students rotating from the classroom to the computer lab while another remain in the class. This model also allows staff to use mobile carts to move chromebooks in and out of classrooms while utilizing small groups.

Teachers receive approximately 150  hours of professional development each school year to aid in data interpretation and lesson alignment. Because the lessons are adaptive, students receive just the right amount of rigor in lessons as they move forward. Teachers can view data in real time and make necessary adjustments as needed. Blended Learning allow parents to track students’ progress throughout the year, not just on report card day.

Blended learning allows for differentiating instruction for students, both in terms of the level of content and the delivery. It fills skill gaps that cannot necessarily be taught by the classroom teacher. Blended Learning gives teachers more flexibility with small groups, and more 1-on-1 interventions are available for students.

 

Resources

IXL – To be used at school or at home, IXL gives students a fun way to practice the math lessons being taught in class. This program allows students to catch up when they are having trouble, or enhance the skills they are currently learning in class.

iREADY – this personalized learning tool allows students to practice reading and writing skills. It is also a tool to evaluate students on the skills they are learning from their teachers.

Imagine Learning – IL gives a fun, interactive way for students who are struggling with the basics of the English language. This program is beneficial for our English Language Learners as well as students with disabilities.

myON Reader –  an online library where students can read books on their level. Each student has their own personal library, which they can access from school or at home.

AccelerateRET – 8th grade students can take a high school level online Algebra I class