Parents of future Midland and Penetanguishene Secondary School students are invited to attend information nights to learn about Blended Learning, which will launch at both schools starting with Grade 9 students in fall 2014.
Blended Learning Information Nights
Penetanguishene Secondary School
51 Dunlop St., Penetanguishene
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Midland Secondary School
865 Hugel Ave., Midland
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Blended Learning is the fusion of traditional classroom teaching methods with online resources and an increased use of technology. For Blended Learning to be successful, all students should have their own device. Laptops, netbooks or tablets with keyboards are the preferred devices. Students who do not have access to their own device will be able to borrow a device from the school and use it as their own for the entire year, including evenings and weekends.
“Blended Learning is designed to help students build the skills they need to thrive in our changing society—skills like collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity,” says Brian MacIsaac, Principal at Penetanguishene “This project itself models those skills for students—school teams are working together, collaborating and innovating to transform teaching and learning. Students at Midland and Penetanguishene will be able to learn and collaborate anywhere, anytime.”
“We want our students to be confident, innovative and globally competitive life-long learners,” says Diane Fletcher, Principal at Midland. “Today’s students have grown up with technology—by introducing Blended Learning and tapping into their skills and interests, we can not only engage and inspire them, but also help them become responsible digital citizens. It creates the opportunity to help students think critically about the information they’re sharing online and the consequences of actions.”
Preparations for the launch of Blended Learning include upgrades to technology infrastructure at both schools and various professional development opportunities for staff. The schools are also seeking donations and community partners to help supply devices that can be provided to students who are not able to purchase their own device.
“When students are given opportunities, we all succeed. I can’t think of a better investment in our future than an investment in our young people,” says Fletcher.
Organizations or individuals interested in supporting Blended Learning at either school can contact the principals directly.
Diane Fletcher, Principal, Midland Secondary School
Brian MacIsaac, Principal, Penetanguishene Secondary School