The Benefits of Partnering K-12 and Higher Education Institutions for Blended Learning
Across the state of Delaware, school districts are implementing (mobile) devices and using Schoology's learning management system to create blended learning environments. A collaborative endeavor has taken hold whereby districts are sharing and providing quality and viable professional development on blended learning as a statewide community.
This collaborative approach is and has been supported by Wilmington University’s graduate program in Applied Technology in Education since 2010. A common goal among the K-12 and a higher education institutions in Delaware is to train and provide professional development so that educators can transform their classroom into student-oriented, collaborative learning spaces.
I'm the Lead Adjunct Faculty Member at Wilmington University and Supervisor of Instructional Technology in the Colonial School District. And in an effort to build a stronger connection between our K-12 and higher education insitutions, I began using Schoology in courses I teach in the Applied Technology in Education degree program during the fall of 2014.
The decision to integrate Schoology into the graduate curriculum was due to its adoption by a state district consortium called BRINC. A statewide philosophy change to offering blended and personalized learning caused the Delaware Department of Education to adopt the platform for all school districts in the entire state. In turn, the need to prepare our teacher candidates to use a statewide adopted platform became a high priority for candidate employment opportunity and classroom readiness within school districts.
The interesting outcome from teaching the use of Schoology in my courses has been the overwhelming response from teacher candidates on how student friendly the platform is over the previous LMS that candidates used for creating their blended learning environments. Candidates really fe
Tom Gavin earned his B.S. degree in Political Science at the University of Delaware and an M.ED. in Elementary Education at Wilmington University. He currently serves as a Lead Adjust Instructor at Wilmington University, Supervisor of Instructional Technology for the Colonial School District, and a Schoology Ambassador.