Category : Sevenstar

Blended Learning, Guest Post, Online Learning, Sevenstar, Teaching
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Overcoming the #1 Challenge for Online Students

Most students still learn using a method that has existed in our schools for over 100 years. In a typical classroom setting, students sit at desks in rows and the teacher “teaches” from the front of the room. The typical student has been trained since childhood for someone to give them information while listening and taking notes.

While the traditional classroom is adept at preparing students for industrial and knowledge-based jobs, it has not kept pace with preparing students for an economy that employs a greater share of workers in service and innovation-based economies.

Today, new learning methods are available to give students an expanded skill set needed for their future. Many schools today are utilizing project-based learning (PBL) and computer-based instruction in the form of online and blended learning to fill the gaps left by traditional instruction. These initiatives are expected to grow as research studies indicate that families want more technology-based instruction and less use of teacher-driven instruction.

However, given that students have been conditioned to learn in only the traditional model, schools and students typically struggle when online courses are made available. Suddenly students must control the pace of learning, show initiative, and make choices about where to invest their time and energy.

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Professional Development, Sevenstar, Webinars
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10 Actions Christian Schools Are Taking Now to Be Flourishing in 2025 – Webinar Re-Cap

chart-your-progressSchool leaders and boards must be looking over the horizon to lead their schools into the future. Ten actions were shared that schools today need to be doing so that their schools will be flourishing in 2025. Dr. Mark Beadle, CEO of Sevenstar, discussed new financial models as well as case studies from schools like yours that are marching ahead. He also invited representatives from Beaver County Christian School and Rehoboth Christian School to share advancements they are making to succeed in the years to come.

 

 

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Blended Learning, Guest Post, Online Learning, Sevenstar
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3 Benefits of Hosting a Hybrid Summer School Program

A guest post by: Bob Kraft, Director of Program Growth at Sevenstar. 

HybridSchoolWhy would you even want to entertain the idea of starting or expanding your summer school program? After all, summer is a time to slow down and recover from the school year! True. However, you may be missing a great opportunity to:

  1. Raise the academic bar at your school
  2. Build loyalty with current families/students
  3. Connect with new families/students to grow enrollment.

We understand there is a legitimate shortage of energy and resources during the summer. That is why we propose structuring a hybrid summer school where you offer a mixture of on-campus mini-events and a combination of online and/or traditional classroom academics. In other words, gain the benefits listed in the first paragraph above without taxing your staff and facilities.

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Blended Learning, Devices, Professional Development, Sevenstar, Teaching, Webinars
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Flipped Classroom Adoption

flipped-classroomWritten by: Marita Damghani, Online Learning Consultant for Christian Schools International

Educators are often asked to set aside traditional education models to try something new. Flipped classrooms are often the new challenge. Those who are looking to make the switch can learn from those who are already doing it and are teaching others to do it successfully. I got the opportunity to be a panelist on a Sevenstar-sponsored webinar presented by teacher, researcher, and speaker Aaron Sams. This post is a collection of his tips and resources.

Educause, a digital tech-for-education non-profit, defines the flipped classroom as “a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions.”

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Blended Learning, IT Specialists, Online Learning, Professional Development, Sevenstar, Webinars
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Social Media & Flipped Classrooms

professional-development-coursesIt is time to schedule some great professional development! During the month of November we are partnered up with two member school administrators and our online learning partner, Sevenstar, to share some great information. You have surely had conversation around how to best use social media as leaders in education, and you have begun to explore and understand best practices for flipped classroom formats. Take a moment to read about two upcoming webinar events to assist you in these ventures, and register to participate.

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Online Learning, Professional Development, Sevenstar, Teaching, Webinars
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Dual Credit is the New AP – Webinar Re-Cap

WebinarWith so many options and so little time to work ahead, high school students are looking to school administrators and guidance counselors to have creative solutions to help them get the biggest bang for their buck before they graduate. Are you prepared with a myriad of great options?

John Pohlman and Lou Anne Beadle, from Sevenstar, discussed how online dual enrollment opportunities are becoming game-changers for Christian school students. The need for these kinds of courses is growing, and Sevenstar is expanding program offerings to meet those needs! CSI member schools get access to these options through CSIonline Academy.

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Givaway, Online Learning, Professional Development, Sevenstar, Webinars
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Scholarship Giveaway for Webinar Participants

WebinarDual Enrollment is
the New AP

Wednesday, October 21  |  1–2 p.m. EDT

Presented by: John Pohlman
and Lou Anne Beadle from Sevenstar

With so many options and so little time to work ahead, high school students are looking to school administrators and guidance counselors to have creative solutions to help them get the biggest bang for their buck before they even graduate. Are you prepared with a myriad of great options?

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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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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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