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hybrid cyber model in MS

hybrid cyber model in MS

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Our district is looking to implement a hybrid cyber component to our schedule-- offer some on-line courses to students for enrichment or remedial purposes. Does anyone's district currently offer this? What does the model look like? Opinions? Thoughts, anyone??

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Heather Wolpert-Gawron's picture
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Stephanie,
Check out RUSD's hybrid school http://www.rusd.k12.ca.us/schools/SchoolIntro.aspx?sub=ss&cl=455 Theirs is up and running and the principal is always willing to talk to answer questions and help troubleshoot. (I just sat down with him two months ago to talk about this very thing.)

We are looking into a number of different options as well: Blackboard, Haiku, etc...to deliver material. I personally bought an Elluminate package to start fooling around with it myself. I tend to get impatient with district decision-making sluggishness.

It's scary to many teachers, but if you have a few willing to take it on, I say go for it. The question in many districts' minds is, of course, funding. How do we afford to pay a teacher or give an extra prep to a teacher of an online course? Are they free classes or tuition-based? Are they even allowed to be tuition-based?

Here's something else to consider: a great online class is no bigger than a normal class if a teacher is going to interact with the students. But many districts desire a way to pull in more students, more of a large webinar than a class.

So many things to consider. None of them are insurmountable, but it takes a willing, risk-taking district to pull it off.

Check out Riverside. Come back and tell us how it goes.

-Heather WG

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