Category : Guest Post

Blended Learning, Guest Post, IT Specialists, Online Learning, Teaching
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Using Blended Learning to Offer AP Courses

Steenstra_APCS_1 Guest post by Mark Steenstra, technology director at Calvin Christian School in Escondido, California

This school year Calvin Christian High School in Escondido, California, offered a new course, AP Computer Science. This was possible because we utilized the blended learning model.

I teach a variety of technology-related courses at Calvin Christian School, including Computer Programming. A few years ago, I discovered there were several students that desired to take AP Computer Science. Our school did not have the time or resources to establish a traditional AP Computer Science course, so I recommended that students take the class online. Finding a high-quality online course is difficult, and I confess the one I recommended had some shortcomings. Not that I took my recommendation lightly; in fact, I was directly impacted because my son was one of the students.

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Blended Learning, Guest Post, Professional Development, Teaching, Webinars
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When We Start with Kids: Personalizing Learning with EDIFY

student-laptopsGuest post by: Meghan Daniel, Senior Education Consultant for Kickstand, LLC

Christian Schools International was recently introduced to the folks at Kickstand, LLC and their latest individualized learning product, EDIFY. Take a moment to explore their website to see how EDIFY is being used by students and teachers. Dan Hoekstra, a science teacher from Grand Rapids Christian High School (a CSI member school in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is currently piloting the program in his classroom. He will be sharing his experiences in a webinar hosted by Kickstand, LLC on April 13, 2015. Register here to attend.

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Guest Post, Online Learning, Sevenstar
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Online Courses – A Whole New World

BCCS LogoGuest post by: Heather Stroupe, online course monitor at Beaver County Christian School in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The school serves students in grades K-12.

Online classes are changing the world. For the busy adult, they are convenient. For the hard worker looking to change jobs, they are an opportunity. For employees with certifications to meet, they are necessary. For the college student, they can be a requirement. And for the high school student…online classes can be a whole new world.

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Devices, Guest Post, Teaching
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Love God. Love kids. Love to teach.

10177777-smallGuest Post By: Janelle Sievert, Assistant Adminstrator, Curriculum Director, and Resource Room Staff at Zeeland Christian School located in Zeeland, Michigan. Zeeland Christian School serves students in grades PreK-8.

Love God. Love kids. Love to teach. At Zeeland Christian School, we pray that these words are at the heart of who we are and what we do every day. When we look at each area of our school, we continue to try to do the very best that we can to put these words into action, and technology is no exception.

We spend a significant amount of time talking about and planning for technology. From equipment needs to more complex issues such as what types of experiences we want our students to have through technology, the conversation is never done.

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Blended Learning, Devices, Guest Post, IT Specialists, Teaching
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Are iPads the Best Educational Tool?

iPad-for-education Guest Post By: Dan Cooke, IT Director for Kalamazoo Christian Schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan

At Kalamazoo Christian Schools we have been in the process of answering that question as we have adopted, implemented, and now evaluated a 1:1 iPad program utilizing more than 600 iPads within our district for our middle school and high school students (approximately 460 students in grades 5-12) and their teachers.

Like many others who are venturing down the path of adopting some kind of 1:1 program, we have learned some lessons along the way.

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Guest Post, Online Learning, Sevenstar
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Integrating Biblical Principles in Online Courses

bible_laptopGuest Post By: Michael Arnold (Biblical Integration Specialist at Sevenstar)

At Sevenstar, our mission and vision drive us to partner with parents, schools, and Christian organizations like Christian Schools International to make disciples of Jesus Christ through the ministry of education. Biblically integrating our courses enables us to accomplish that mission.

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Guest Post, Online Learning, Sevenstar
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Middle Schoolers and Online Courses

Middle SchoolGuest Post By: Dr. Mark Beadle (CEO of Sevenstar)

Isn’t it all about expectations? If I expect my hotel to be 5 star (and would only pay for a 2 star), I am still disappointed if it is not wonderful in every way. It is the same for middle schoolers and online courses. We have trained them for at least six years that the teacher is in control and they respond to teacher directions. They have sat in rows and sometimes even did what the teacher asked! The teacher decided what was learned and when.

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Guest Post, Online Learning, Sevenstar
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Why it Makes Sense to Encourage Students to Take Online Dual Credit Courses

affordGuest post by: John Pohlman, Partner Coach for Sevenstar

One of the primary objectives for writing this blog article is to help you, as Christian school leaders, educate and inform the families you serve so they can be good stewards of the financial resources that have been entrusted them.

Your online program (CSIonline Academy) provides students with over 200 dual credit course options at regionally accredited Christian colleges and universities that are priced at a fraction of the cost of what a student would pay if they registered for the course directly through the college.

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