Engaging Students In and Out of the Classroom: Featuring North Kansas City School District
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Districts today are trying to increase student engagement in order to ultimately increase student achievement. Blended learning, the teaching practice that combines teaching methods from both ...

Districts today are trying to increase student engagement in order to ultimately increase student achievement. Blended learning, the teaching practice that combines teaching methods from both face-to-face and online learning, offers a model of instruction to engage students in and out of the classroom. It has proven highly effective in helping schools and districts address the challenges of student achievement, limited resources, and the expectations of 21st century learners.

North Kansas City School District (NKCSD) shares how the district uses online learning in the classroom and beyond to provide a personalized and connected learning experience. Using a 1-1 laptop program, every high school student participates in blended learning, where the teacher utilizes online learning during class and posts assignments and discussion questions for after the bell rings. A representative from NKCSD shares how the district trains teachers and administrators using modeling to create effective blended classes.

Finally, also reviewed is how Blackboard online learning solutions help districts to enhance classroom instruction by extending their courses online for an engaging, individualized and effective learning experience.

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    Engaging Students In and Out of the Classroom: Featuring North Kansas City School District Engaging Students In and Out of the Classroom: Featuring North Kansas City School District Presentation Transcript

    • Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Marla Walker , eCampus Coordinator, North Kansas City School District (MO) Shana Glenzer , Sr. Manager, K-12 Marketing Engaging Students In and Out of the Classroom: Featuring North Kansas City School District
    • 20 million users 9 global offices across 4 continents Born from education in 1997 1,000+ of us, working with 5,200+ of you Extended by 2,500 developers and partners +
      • Close the gap between the way students live and the way they learn
      • Deliver a 21st Century educational experience that is engaging, individualized and effective
      Our Vision:
      • An open, web-based teaching and learning platform for engaging and assessing learners in and beyond the classroom
      • 3,000+ clients, 15+ million estimated active users, at all levels of learning
      • Local or hosted deployment
      Engaging and assessing learners at all levels
    • Client Community
    • NORTH KANSAS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
      • Engaging Students In and Out of the Classroom:
    • Marla Walker, eCampus Coordinator
      • Suburban Kansas City metropolitan area
      • 32 Sites – 18,000 students
      • 9 Secondary, 21 Elementary
      • 43% Free/Reduced
      • 8 elementary schools qualify for Title I
      • 3 middle schools and 2 high schools
      • Demographic differences throughout the district
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    • Fall Session 2005-2006 23 students Fall Session 2009-2010 680 students Increase Summer Offerings Credit IB/AP Schedule Conflict Courses 24/7 Transfer Home Schooled Home Bound Phobia Grad
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      • Blended learning takes the classroom beyond the “school time” walls.
      • The effectiveness of the tool lies in the hands of the teachers and students who use it. It is a teacher’s knowledge, skills and abilities that generate authentic learning with the aid of technology.
      • All students in high school, middle school, and some elementary students have logins into the BlackBoard system
      • Teachers throughout K-12 maintain a class using Blackboard Learn
      • Blended special education lab course
      • Next year—internship classes students will setup and maintain a portfolio
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      • To adapt the student’s learning environment to be more like the environment in which they live. Our students are already 21 st Century social explorers . If we want them to be 21 st Century learners , we need to provide the right environment.
      • Expanded student opportunities
      • Students are prepared for online learning environments for post secondary
      • Levels the playing field for student participation in classes
      • Opportunity to restructure professional development to include enhanced learning for adults in the electronic environment 24/7
      • Staff collaboration
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      • 1:1 partnership with HP (Hewlett Packard), the District will issue one MiniNote computer to every high school student this fall.
      • Teacher training will come first.
      • Funding for the HP Partnership is coming
      • from reallocation of existing technology
      • and budgets.
      • R3 1:1 All High School Teachers 4 hours
      • R3 Plus 60-90 High School Teachers each year
      • full days during school year and 4 days in the summer 100% of staff by August 2013
      • R3 Admin All High School & Asst. Principals
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      • Professional Growth Courses
      • Building Technology Coordinators train teachers for blended
      • eCampus teachers participate in two staff days and several mini trainings in a group setting and online
      • Online Cadre facilitators keep collaboration flowing within a cadre course
      • R3, R3 Plus and R3 for Admin
      • 1 st year Teacher Induction Program (fully online)
      • 2 nd year Teacher Induction Program & Teacher Mentors (blended)
    • Challenge: Access Provide all students with the optimal learner experience through 24/7 access to learning . Blackboard Solution: Anytime, Anywhere Teaching and Learning “ It gives our teachers a lot more freedom. If they’re out, they can post lessons for the next day from home. The students don’t stop because the teacher is not there. Learning continues.” - Tina Farrell, Asst. Superintendent of Curr and Instruction Clear Creek Independent School District Blackboard Case Study
      • 35,000+ students
      • 4,000+ teachers and staff
      • 39 schools
      • Texas
    • Blackboard Case Study Digital Harbor High School, Baltimore City Public Schools
      • 1,050 students
      • Maryland
      Challenge: Integrating Technology in the Classroom Prepare students for success in the 21 st century . Blackboard Solution: Blended Learning Classrooms Achieved goals by integrating blended learning instruction into the classroom experience by leveraging Blackboard Learn.
      • Attendance rate averages 92% (compared with the district’s 83.5% attendance statistic)
      • Maintained adequate yearly progress (AYP),
      • Senior graduation rate is 90% (contrasted with the district’s 63% graduation rate)
    • Blackboard Learn
      • Common Challenges :
      • Expanding instructional time beyond the school day
      • Keeping students engaged in their learning
      • Meeting the needs of diverse learners
      • Encouraging parental involvement
      • Solution :
      Blackboard Learn empowers districts to enhance classroom instruction by extending their courses online in order to ensure all students have access to a personalized and connected learning environment that is engaging, individualized and effective.
    • Dynamic Educational Content from NBC News
      • Solution:
      • Thousands of searchable and downloadable professional videos
      • Specific video content aligned with state standards
      • Special collections for high-interest topics
      • Regular updates on current events that further inform class instruction
      Challenge: Teachers need to fully engage their students with a wide variety of multimedia content. We may make statements regarding our product development and service offering initiatives, including the content of future product upgrades, updates or functionality in development.  While such statements represent our current intentions, they may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available to our customers. www.blackboard.com/NBCK12
    • www.k12perspectives.com “ Students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction. .” . U.S. Department of Education, 2009
    • Thank you! Questions?
      • Marla Walker
      • eCampus Coordinator
      • North Kansas City School District
      • [email_address]
      • http://www.nkcsd.k12.mo.us/
      • w ww.blackboard.com/k12/learn
      • (866) 424-9299 ext. 2427