How can I provide individualized learning and differentiation for my students?
TIERED INSTRUCTION: The many activities in each lesson allow you to assign a full lesson with assessments for higher-level learners and eliminate activities for struggling learners. You have limitless options for tiered instruction.
SUPPLEMENT: Use the FYI Online Learning curriculum as a supplement to your own traditional lessons.
INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING: Let your students work at their own pace for individual lessons and keep a uniform deadline for completion of a larger unit. As your students work at their own pace, they have access to multiple online resources as well as access to you! Because your students control the time and pace of their work, they will gain a greater sense of ownership in their learning.
INTERACTIVE: A variety of interactive activities are available for students who are less inclined to speak publically.
LESSON ORGANIZATION: The organization of the lessons is favorable for both traditional class schedules and block class periods. You can determine which lesson activities and assignments are to be completed individually or in groups. You can also vary the length of each activity and designate a particular lesson activity as the anchoring activity. This gives you time to circulate around the classroom and provide individual assistance to your students.
RUBRICS: You can use your own rubrics for the FYI Online Learning assignments; this is particularly useful for the history and language arts courses. You can focus on the Six Traits of Writing or use rubrics for standardized testing, such as ones applicable to the SAT or AP exams.
GOAL SETTING: The organization of the FYI Online Learning curriculum lends itself to assessing students’ prior knowledge and providing clear goals.
KNOW-WANT-LEARN: Use the What You Should Know points and Lesson Expectations to help students craft a KWL (Know – Want – Learn) chart for a lesson.
PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: Before each lesson, have a discussion with your students about the What You Should Know points. This will help you understand your students’ prior knowledge. These points can also help you create diagnostic assessments of your own.
LEARNING CONTRACTS: Create Learning Contracts for struggling learners. The Lesson Expectations can serve as the foundation of these contracts and will help you set clear, concrete goals for your students. Reviewing the Lesson Expectations is also a great way to compile information for a midterm or final exam.
TIME MANAGEMENT: In order to assess your students’ time management, view the student login sessions for your Learning Management System (LMS). Now you can easily see if any students seem to be rushing through work or need the accommodation of extra time.
PRINTER FRIENDLY: Students who enjoy highlighting and annotating their texts will enjoy the Printer Friendly Tool in each course.
MULTIMEDIA TOOL: Use the Multimedia Tool at the bottom of each lesson page for visual learners. This is another great way to assess prior knowledge of content or review when a lesson is over. The Multimedia Tool offers a gallery of photographs and collages from the lesson. In a particular World History lesson, there are artistic renditions of Romulus and Julius Caesar. This could inspire a discussion comparing and contrasting the two leaders. The map of the Roman Republic shows how each leader expanded Rome’s territory.
What opportunities are there for collaboration during the learning process?
ACTIVE LEARNING: Your students will spend far less time being passive listeners and more time being active learners in an online course. Less class time is needed for lecture.
VARIETY: The variety of content in each lesson allows you to facilitate thoughtful discussions. Lessons not only present facts about the content, but also supplemental links and reflective questions that promote meaningful, reflective discussion.
DISCUSSIONS: You can use discussion threads on your LMS to facilitate online sharing of ideas among your students.
PEER LEARNING: Encourage peer editing among your students by asking them to post writing assignments and other documents in the LMS.
RESEARCH: Many lessons contain multiple links to outside sources of information. Have students work in small groups to research a link and then present this information to the class.
ONLINE LABS: Have your students complete an online lab or dissection in a science course before the real-life experience.
STUDENT PARTICIPATION: Students can participate in Socratic seminars based on lesson content in the classroom or by way of a discussion thread on your LMS. Students can engage in blogs and chats about the literature they read in a language arts course or discuss how current events mirror the content of a history course. Therefore, a student who may hold back in a class discussion is able to participate more fully in an online forum.
PEER TO PEER: Encourage your students to use a discussion thread as a way of sharing information what they do know, and what they don’t know. This can be a place where students can assist one another when they are not in the classroom. You can even assign specific students to monitor or direct these discussion threads.
GROUP WORK: If you teach a single subject, consider dividing your students into small groups for rotation. For example, in an English class students can be grouped as they read Romeo and Juliet. Small groups can read the online lesson content and complete the accompanying activities, read the text aloud, receive face-to-face assistance from you, or complete pen and paper assignments.
ENCOURAGE LEADERSHIP: Students can also be grouped according to the lesson activities. Notes, downloads, activities, and even assessments can be assigned to individual group members. Students can complete these activities and then present their findings/answers to the group as a whole. Allow your students to take on a particular role in each lesson. Language arts teachers can easily create literature circles based on the lessons and activities, giving your students specific roles in their discussions.
WORKING OUT: After reading independently about the different types of stretches and exercises in Personal Fitness, students can work out together, providing one another motivation and feedback on proper form.
How will the technology enhance learning?
CCSS: The FYI Online Learning curriculum provides mastery of the Common Core Standards for technology in the language arts and mathematics courses.
VIRTUAL CLASSROOM: By using the FYI Online Learning curriculum in your classroom, students receive a soft introduction to distance learning.
BLENDED LEARNING: You can obtain a balance of blended learning, using traditional classroom methods and distance learning techniques.
NETIQUETTE: In an increasing age of online communication, your students will learn proper Netiquette as they appropriately and responsibly post information for you and their peers to see.
WORK SKILLS: Through the FYI Online Learning curriculum, you can prepare students for work-related experiences as many companies now utilize online training.
RESEARCH SKILLS: Because lessons contain multiple links to outside sources of information, students are constantly reminded of the aspects of a reputable source.
MAINTAIN INTEREST: Let’s face it — we have reached an age where some of our students know more about technology than the teacher! The FYI Online Learning curriculum provides teachers with a variety of technology tools to keep today’s tech savvy students interested.
INTERACTIVE MEDIA: The current generation of students finds technology intrinsically interesting. Your students will enjoy how key concepts are presented and reiterated through online games, videos, quizzes, and activities.
FIELD TRIPS: Students can research various links to create “Virtual Field Trip” presentations.
SHARING INFORMATION: Once you feel that your students can appropriately use any discussion threads or blogs on your LMS, consider having them develop a class website or Facebook page to share information.
DIALOGUE OPTIONS: While students will certainly have a great deal of interaction with the course resources, remember to achieve a balance of the following dialogues within your course: student to resource, student to student, and student to teacher.
SMART BOARD: Use your SMART Board to allow students to display their notes, charts, and calculations.
How can my school benefit from FYI Online Learning curriculum?
LEARNING LAB: Too often, computer labs become places for students to simply type documents or serve as an unstructured study hall location. Turn your computer labs into places of learning by assigning different students to different subjects.
INDEPENDENT STUDY: If scheduling conflicts arise, students can take FYI Online Learning courses as an independent study. This is useful for high-demand introductory or required courses.
ELECTIVES: The diversity of student needs and interests are addressed through the FYI Online Learning curriculum. Allow your students to take electives not traditionally offered at your school. A few of the unique electives offered include Anthropology, Digital Arts, Ethics, and Financial Literacy. These courses will provide your students with a true college preparatory education.
CREDIT RECOVERY: Allow your students to enroll in FYI Online Learning courses as a form of credit recovery.
SCHOOL LIBRARY: Many of the FYI Online Learning assignments are rooted in research, and your school librarian will be an invaluable face-to-face resource to guide your students though the research process. Provide your school librarian with access to the FYI Online Learning courses. There is even an entire elective devoted to this topic — Research. This course teaches students about qualitative and quantitative research, research in technology, journal articles, and case studies. This is an elective that would undoubtedly enhance your students’ experience with any science fair projects.
STUDY HALL: Rather than a time for rote completion of homework, study hall periods can become a time for students to complete meaningful assignments with a variety of resources readily available.
MENTORING: While a subject area teacher may be grading the work students complete in a computer lab or media center, your school librarian can also serve as a mentor for the student. This can provide more timely feedback on your students’ questions and concerns.
LIBRARIAN SUPPORT: As the school librarian assists students with research projects, he or she can also post useful research tips to your LMS.
PEER TUTORING: Many schools have peer-tutoring programs through different honors societies or community service clubs. The structure of FYI Online Learning curriculum allows tutors to easily view the material of the student in need.
How will FYI Online Learning offer convenience, flexibility, and organization?
MEET CCSS: The FYI Online Learning courses for language arts and mathematics adhere to the Common Core Standards. By using this curriculum in your classroom, you ensure that your students are meeting the necessary standards for learning, and you can spend more time putting your individual stamp on your course through classroom discussions and activities.
MAKE-UP WORK: If your students are absent for an extended period of time, they will know exactly what lessons and assignments they missed. You won’t have to worry about compiling make-up work either.
REVIEW MATERIAL: Students can easily review the material when preparing for a larger assessment. Key terms are easily accessible for review by way of the Glossary Tool.
VIRTUAL PAPER TRAIL: The FYI Online Learning courses and your school’s LMS will eliminate the paper trail for both students and teachers. You can have your assignments, quizzes, and grades in one location. Access and availability are constant. The Download Gallery provides a variety of graphic organizers and activities, so the need to photocopy worksheets is eliminated.
STREAMLINED PROCESSES: The grading and planning processes are streamlined. You can now have time for more meaningful work such as providing feedback on writing and providing extra help to your students. You’ll undoubtedly spend less time on lesson planning and correction of daily assignments.
IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK: Your students can receive immediate feedback on assessments. Imagine never having to hear, “Did you grade our quiz yet?” again!
YOUR CHOICE: You can decide what activities and assignments are class work, group work, homework, supplementary, required, etc.
WEIGHTING OF ASSESSMENTS: You have the freedom to determine the weighting of each assignment and assessments.
CREATE A SYLLABUS: Create your own course syllabus to show how the FYI Online Learning curriculum will blend with your individualized instruction and assignments.
MATH TOOLS: The mathematics courses provide both a Calculator Tool and a Chart Tool. The calculator tool has scientific and graphing functions, so this, in addition to the Chart Tool eliminates the need for multiple devices; your students will only need their computers in class.
NOTES TOOL: The Notes Tool is featured in each course; students can take notes in the course itself, save their notes, and have constant access to those notes. The Notes Tool can also be used as an online portfolio.