Enhancing Existing Online and
Traditional Curriculums to Meet
the Needs of K-12 Learners

Dr. Andrew Berning - Chief Techn...
Online Technology
Acceptance
   In the K-12 environment, we are now embracing
    Online technology as a tool to support ...
What is the “Virtual
Campus”?
   Mission Statement
     To promote student achievement at the
     highest levels throug...
Virtual Campus Details
   Online Courses: Online and Campus
    Based
     Health, P.E. Foundations, BCIS, Comm.
      A...
Enter
   Moodle (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic
    Learning Environment).
 Introduced to the district via staff at our...
We have the right tool, but how
do we effectively implement it?
   Targets
     Improving our existing online/blended
  ...
2007-2008 Laying the
Foundation
   Examining our blended and online courses, we
    discovered that many did not meet the...
2007-2008 Laying the
Foundation
   Examining our blended and online courses, we
    discovered that many did not meet the...
Synchronous
Collaboration…
 Wimba  Classroom
 and Pronto
 integrated into
 Moodle
  Used for bridging gap
   in video co...
Asynchronous
Collaboration…
 Discussion    Forums
   Used for general or
    focused discussion.
   Student-to-student,...
Sharing Student Creativity and
Problem Solving Approaches.…
 Student
        created
 problems…



 VoiceThread
2008 TAKS Performance –
District/Campus/Hybrid




   Of 137 total students in Hybrid Model
    classes (HS and MS), we h...
“High Tech, High Touch”
Vision
   It is our vision that all teachers will make their
    course resources available onlin...
2008-2009 Grassroots Effort
   Began offering voluntary training to early
    adopters.
     Rationale was that the best...
Leveraging Moodle features
   Like our enhancements of our online
    and blended courses, teachers
    immediately began...
Extend courses by providing
automated Feedback
 Automating
 specific,
 meaningful
 feedback on
 student
 performance…
2009-2010 Mass
Penetration
 We have the experience and knowledge
  now to make the vision a reality.
 C-FB Moodle Univer...
Future Content Area
Portals
 Expanding the idea of a blended model
 Create content area portals that make
  existing cur...
Dr. Andrew Berning
                    Rich Lewis
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
 Technology Services Division
          be...
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Enhancing Existing Curriculums with an LMS

  1. 1. Enhancing Existing Online and Traditional Curriculums to Meet the Needs of K-12 Learners Dr. Andrew Berning - Chief Technology & Information Officer Rich Lewis - Instructional Technology Specialist Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Technology Services Division 2009-2010
  2. 2. Online Technology Acceptance  In the K-12 environment, we are now embracing Online technology as a tool to support student achievement.  Our approach is to integrate time-honored teaching strategies with the latest available technologies.  It is imperative to remember that while technology allows us to make learning opportunities available beyond the traditional school day, K-12 students require rich interaction (student-content, student- student, student-teacher) and ongoing instructor support to be successful in the online environment.
  3. 3. What is the “Virtual Campus”?  Mission Statement  To promote student achievement at the highest levels through flexible, online learning opportunities that meet C-FB ISD, Texas and national standards.  We provide and support online courses for acceleration and to enhance course availability  We support tools for use by traditional classroom teachers to extend educational opportunities to their students beyond the four-walls of the classroom.
  4. 4. Virtual Campus Details  Online Courses: Online and Campus Based  Health, P.E. Foundations, BCIS, Comm. Apps.  Other Courses based on Campus Request ○ Foreign Languages, AP Courses  2008-2009- ~400 enrollments  Blended Model Courses  UT-ASKME / Moodle online Algebra I, Geometry  1-to-1 Wireless Laptop Classroom Environments  160 middle and high school students
  5. 5. Enter  Moodle (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment).  Introduced to the district via staff at our Alternative High School.  Identified as a solution for making content and learning activities available to students who struggle with traditional high school environments.  We saw possibilities beyond serving more than just the “non-traditional” students – to meet all students where they are… the Internet.
  6. 6. We have the right tool, but how do we effectively implement it?  Targets  Improving our existing online/blended offerings  Enhance and increase flexibility of our Professional Development programs  Opportunity for teachers to expand the reach of their classroom resources and curriculum beyond the classroom  Act as a repository for digital textbooks
  7. 7. 2007-2008 Laying the Foundation  Examining our blended and online courses, we discovered that many did not meet the interactivity standards of iNACOL.  Most courses were singular learning experiences.  The most interaction they afforded was direct feedback from the teacher.  Our first opportunity would be to enhance our existing online-based programs.  We, in effect, wrapped existing online curriculums with Moodle. Created pass-thru sign-in to external curriculums and linked directly to them from the Moodle course. Moodle was the one-stop course for the students.
  8. 8. 2007-2008 Laying the Foundation  Examining our blended and online courses, we discovered that many did not meet the interactivity standards of iNACOL.  Most courses were singular learning experiences.  The most interaction they afforded was direct feedback from the teacher.  Our first opportunity would be to enhance our existing online-based programs.
  9. 9. Synchronous Collaboration…  Wimba Classroom and Pronto integrated into Moodle  Used for bridging gap in video conferenced classes  Virtual Tutorial sessions.  Sessions are archived for future reference.
  10. 10. Asynchronous Collaboration…  Discussion Forums  Used for general or focused discussion.  Student-to-student, student-to-instructor interaction  Q & A Forums used for Group Guided Practice  Wikis  Used for group projects  Class ownership of shared resources such as a Glossary
  11. 11. Sharing Student Creativity and Problem Solving Approaches.…  Student created problems…  VoiceThread
  12. 12. 2008 TAKS Performance – District/Campus/Hybrid  Of 137 total students in Hybrid Model classes (HS and MS), we had a 97.1% completion rate.
  13. 13. “High Tech, High Touch” Vision  It is our vision that all teachers will make their course resources available online.  Further, we envision teachers utilizing the evolving online tools available to them to increase the learning opportunities for their students.  Want to create learning opportunities that reach beyond the classroom and that are available 24/7/365. …. so how do we get there?
  14. 14. 2008-2009 Grassroots Effort  Began offering voluntary training to early adopters.  Rationale was that the best promotion would be to seek out tech savvy teachers who would voluntarily experiment with integrating Moodle into their classrooms.  Teachers take more note of what works for other teachers than what the technology groups says will work for them.
  15. 15. Leveraging Moodle features  Like our enhancements of our online and blended courses, teachers immediately began using…  Discussion forums  Chats  Questionnaires  Journaling (via online text assignments)
  16. 16. Extend courses by providing automated Feedback  Automating specific, meaningful feedback on student performance…
  17. 17. 2009-2010 Mass Penetration  We have the experience and knowledge now to make the vision a reality.  C-FB Moodle University  Online, On-demand source for all things Moodle.  Both a reference site, and a formal training course.  District Q&A  Best Practices Podcast
  18. 18. Future Content Area Portals  Expanding the idea of a blended model  Create content area portals that make existing curriculum content and activities available online, then extend the portal to include additional collaborative resources for dynamic support, enrichment, or remediation at a campus or district level. 17
  19. 19. Dr. Andrew Berning Rich Lewis Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Technology Services Division berninga@cfbisd.edu lewisri@cfbisd.edu Thank you!!!

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