TLA Innovations:Online 9-12 (IO 9-12)
Online Project-Based Learning for Grades 9 – 12
Innovations online is a program (as opposed to a course) where students can take most of their courses (except math, foreign language and P.E.) through developing their own unique projects and representing them online. This is a student-led program so there is no ‘set’ curriculum. We work with the students to help them develop and expand their project ideas, but they review the prescribed learning outcomes for each course they have signed up for, come up with a project they think will fulfill some of the Provincial Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and propose the project. The mentor teachers work with the student to ensure the project they propose is doable and will enhance their competencies in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. Students will get multiple opportunities to work on and hone their competency in these areas through: group and pair projects, expanded projects in media they may have to learn or master – such as new technologies like building websites, learning to work in video and presenting powerpoint as well as group discussions and presentations.
Work is presented online and mostly submitted online. Google hangouts are the medium we use to get in touch with students. We have a weekly ‘hangout’ where everyone in the cohort shows up and we use it to get to know where each student is at in their process, and, if it fits, where we can help them get together with other students who are working on the same area.
We also have a book club where students choose a book to read and discuss it online. This is also multi-grade and this year we had two going, since there were different interests. Each student gets credit for their work in the discussion in their English course.
English is run as a ‘background’ course – generally fitting the broad spectrum PLO’s of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing, and Writing and Representing into what they produce in their other subject-related projects.
Students must take a minimum of 2 courses to be in the Innovations Online program. English and another core course are the usual choices. Students can take English and Social Studies for example, but they can also choose English and Science.
Cross-curricular, problem-solving learning focusing on the development of 4 core competencies: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Community are the outcomes of our TLA Innovations program.
This program offers credit for high school subjects in grades 9- 12 through problem-based projects for most grade 9 – 12 core and elective courses.
With your cohort and two mentor-teachers.
Throughout the academic year, students in the cohort of no more than 8 students will cycle through a series of topics together with one or two mentor-teachers.
You will be working collaboratively and independently on problem-solving projects anchored to real-world or authentic contexts. The competency-based and problem-solving skills you acquire in this program will help you prepare to meet the challenges facing twenty-first century citizens.
[My daughter] thrived in the Innovations Online program this year! She was engaged and motivated, which is so much better than last year when she did the textbook approach at home, with very minimal discussion with me due to my first year of part-time work and schooling her young brother…Thanks for everything you do for this new program! It worked really well for [my daughter]. It not only engaged her this year but it also allowed her more time for her instrument practicing. I think this program used her time most efficiently, allowing her time to practice the violin for 4 hours each day! As you know, she is going into music for post-secondary so her grade 12 year will be very busy preparing for auditions. Innovations Online may very well be the way to go for her.
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