Hudson High School of Learning Technologies
Blended Learning Model
A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Q: What is Inquiry?
Challenge Based Learning (CBL)
A: Inquiry means questioning to learn and learning to question. Students learn to generate questions as a means to clarify information, expand knowledge and connect concepts. Through questioning students will be able to deconstruct complex problems and strategize the means to multi-faceted solutions.
Q: I have heard of Project Based Learning (PBL) - what is Challenge Based Learning (CBL)?
A: Challenged Based Learning students focus on challenges of personal, community, national and global significance while developing relevant and actionable solutions.
Q: Can you describe what proven practices you are using with students to help them achieve?
A: HudsonHS teachers employ a variety of Proven Practices to help students achieve. They include differentiation, connection to prior knowledge, authentic relevance to real world issues, reading to learn, writing to learn, accountable talk, shared learning – pairs, teams and groups, immediate feedback, and using formative assessments.
Q: What experiences can I expect my child to be exposed to?
A: Your child will learn through experiences which include face to face (F2F), hands-on, and real world experiences. These are the things students do, the places they go, the people they meet and the life experiences that connect, support, enhance and internalize student learning.
Q: How do you support this model in your school?
A: This model is supported through the use of:
Q: How is your school and curriculum supported and integrated?
- Digital Content: online learning programs, open source content and facilitated links to multimedia interactive sources.
- Digital Tools: enabling students to research, collaborate, create, demonstrate, share, review and save the pathways and evidence of their learning.
A: Our school and curriculum is supported through virtual learning environments or VLEs. A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) facilitates the gathering and sharing of data to create individual teaching and learning plans in collaboration with all constituents.
Hudson High School of Learning Technologies offers a blend of self-paced online courses bridged with challenged based learning applications for core content areas. We offer a blended Algebra / Conceptual Physics course facilitated by a triad of two Math teachers and one Science teacher, as well as a Humanities block supported by a triad of two History teachers and one English teacher. Our language acquisition classes are completely online. Our special education classes be CTT with online personalized supports.We have a mobile tech team, the Mouse Squad and an internal Mouse Squad leader in-house to support all students and educators. We are a cycle school with four terms running September to June, with an additional term to be added during the summer of 2011.
Our first year goals are to develop student and teacher capacity to learn and collaborate online and F2F, to create exhibitions that demonstrate understandings with a broad audience and to develop student capacity to become self-directed, independent learners who can then apply their learning to real world situations as part of problem solving teams.