Students have had graduation and post-secondary entrance success using the Connected Classrooms model of learning.
About Connected Classrooms
Connected Classrooms is a highly supportive online learning approach, currently focusing on higher level math, science, and English First Peoples courses for grade 10-12 students. 22 Connected Classrooms sites are now operational, jointly offering courses using innovative information and communications technologies.
The initiative was created to address the circumstances of many First Nation high schools that are small and remote, which creates difficulties offering a variety of courses and attracting specialized secondary teachers, often associated with small cohorts of students for specific courses that will lead to graduation and access to a range of post-secondary options. Connected Classrooms allows First Nation students to stay in their community schools to complete all courses required for high school education, which many students and families find particularly supportive, fostering greater success.
Participating schools use a combination of technologies, including real time video conferencing, to connect and create an interactive classroom environment for students located in a collective of First Nations schools throughout BC. This project differs from other Distance Learning initiatives as the students participate in a real time virtual classroom with an instructor qualified to teach the subject, complemented with in-person support from an on-site educator. Students have attributed their success in Connected Classrooms courses to their ability to see and interact with the remote and on-site teacher, as well as other students.
FNSA schools that would like further information about Connected Classrooms are welcome to contact Dawn McGuire-Reeves, FNESC/FNSA Connected Classrooms Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Participating in Connected Classrooms
Schools receive the video conferencing equipment needed to participate in Connected Classrooms. Participation may be limited by a school’s bandwidth and by available classroom space.
- Provide an onsite teacher to support student learning during the class time (also known as a supporting teacher);
- Collaborate with other partner schools to determine the course offerings for the upcoming school year;
- Agree to equipment implementation and testing prior to May 31 of the school year; and
- Agree to regular check-ins and feedback to discuss project challenges and successes.