Bending the Rules of Time and Space

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Education has, for the most part, been beholden to the rules and regulations of a factory-model classroom since the 19th century. This traditional educational model, premised on lawfulness and orderliness, set stringent standards on when, where, and how students were educated in public schools and beyond. 

With the advent of the computer age came a chance to break free from this limiting tradition. Digital resources and technologies have now ushered in innovative learning possibilities. Schools have begun to move away from the traditional factory-model classroom by altering the rules of time and space

You Can Do That Online? 5 Teaching Strategy Tips

Contributor: 
Kelli Hicks

One of the great myths of online education is that you can’t use the same teaching strategies you use in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. You can, and they are just as effective online as they are in the face-to-face setting! You just have to know how to adapt them. Here are a few tips you can use:

  1. Put it to song. When I was a high school student, my math teacher put the quadratic formula to the tune of “Pop Goes the Weasel” and I have never forgotten it. That one little song helped me pass that quarter of math because so much of the curriculum depended on that formula. In an online setting, you can give this type of trick an immortal status. Record yourself singing the song and post the digital file to your course. This could be posted as an announcement when the students reach that part of the curriculum. It can live permanently in your resources area of the course. You can even embed it in the unit so that it is part of the students' lesson.

The Wright Way: Students Achieve Success Online

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Open since the fall of 2005, Wright City Academy provides online alternative education and credit recovery programs for at-risk high school students attending Wright City High School. The school, serving approximately 419 students in grades 9 through 12, is located in a rural setting near St. Louis, Missouri, and is part of the Wright City R-11 school district.

Wright City Academy is a unique online and blended learning program that is helping struggling students become independent and successful learners. It provides a full day, online alternative high school program for students who seek a different path or are unsuccessful in the regular high school. It also includes an online credit recovery program. Students in the credit recovery program take courses in computer labs managed by Wright City High School teachers, who provide one-to-one tutoring and assistance to each student.

Dropout Prevention: The Power of Blended and Online Credit Recovery

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Did you know 2 out of every 10 students drop out of school? This stark reality is the combination of many factors, occurring over several years, which leads to a student's gradual disengagement from their academic journey until they fall behind and drop out.

October is National Dropout Prevention Month—an annual observance designed by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson® University.  The center's hope is that the month will provide a time to focus on increasing awareness of the long-term effects on students, the economy, and society when students drop out of school. While progress in reducing school dropout rates has been made, the need for greater awareness and better methods of remediation still exist.

The effects of dropping out of school are far-reaching.