In the News: Why are Gibault students adding online classes to their already busy schedules? “It’s worth it”

Why are Gibault students adding online classes to their already busy schedules?
News-Democrat February 9, 2015

Several students at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo discuss their experiences with the online coursework the school offers in collaboration with the state of Illinois. BNDVIDEO

WATERLOO — Whether it’s learning a new language or how to do computer programming, students at Gibault Catholic High School had the opportunity this semester to take an online elective class through the Illinois Virtual School.

And eight students at Gibault jumped at the chance, even though it meant more work, better time management and collaboration with teachers and classmates across the state.

Sophomore Matthew Lock is taking Mandarin Chinese. “It like it,” he said. “It’s actually pretty hard, but I’m enjoying it.”

Matthew said he’s learned how to say “Nín hǎo” so far, which means hello, and to write a few Chinese characters.

“Learning a language online is really self-dependent,” he said. “I have to definitely…

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Upcoming iNacol Webinar: Michael Horn: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

michael-hornOn Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm Eastern, iNACOL will present a Leadership Webinar featuring Michael Horn, Co-founder and Executive Director of Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Michael will discuss his latest book, Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, and highlight how school leaders and teachers can design learning environments to harness innovation toward personalization, access and equity at scale to unleash student engagement, and dramatically improve student achievement.

“Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools”, which Horn coauthored with Heather Staker, is a practical field guide for implementing blended learning techniques in K-12 classrooms. The book provides practical implementation guidance for educators seeking to incorporate online learning with traditional classroom time. Michael will discuss a step-by-step framework upon which to build a more student-centered system, along with essential advice that provides the expertise necessary to build the next generation of K-12 learning environments. Leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders will gain valuable insight into the process of using online learning to the greatest benefit of students, while avoiding missteps and potential pitfalls.


Michael Horn, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation


iNACOL Professional Development Certificate

iNACOL members may request an iNACOL Professional Development Certificate for attendance. This certificate will document the time spent in the webinar which can be used to meet continuing education requirements for professional re-certification. This is only available for current iNACOL members and must be requested at the time of registration.

For problems and/or questions regarding Webinars, please contact Janet Minter.

Registration is available until 10 AM (Eastern) the day of the webinar. World Clock

Each person wishing to attend a Leadership Webinar needs to register separately. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Since Illinois Virtual School (formerly IVHS) began in 2000 and piloted our first class in 2001 the world of digital learning has boomed into a broad landscape of tools, policies and innovations.  We’d like to support learners, schools and stakeholders as they grow. Whether taking our courses, exploring online opportunities or looking to craft a local solution, IVS can bridge education and technology.

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Digital Learning Support Lead
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