Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blended Learning with OnSync

The Community Learning Center has been using Google Hangouts to bridge math and science content from TJ Martin's classroom at Crain's Creek Middle School to Holly Blackmon's classroom at CLC.  Principal Shaun Krencicki plans to expand the Blended Learning taking place at CLC to the high school classroom this semester.  Nicole Matthews, social studies teacher at Union Pines High School, will be streaming her Civics and Economics classroom to students at CLC in Jennifer Cunningham's classroom.

While Google Hangouts was able to accomplish the basic streaming needed for the middle school content, Mr. Krencicki wanted something more robust in place for the high school students this semester.  After careful research and discussion with colleagues, we decided to 'pilot' this semester using OnSync by Digital Samba.

During our trials so far, OnSync has been able to deliver all of the things Mr. Krencicki wanted available for his students at CLC.  With OnSync, CLC students can listen and watch the lesson from Union Pines on their Chromebooks by simply attending a web-based webinar.  There is no software that needs to be installed to get started.  Teachers can store up to 50 recorded video sessions with the Pro account.  Teachers delivering the content can screenshare, share documents, chat and communicate via video/audio chat with their students.  

The 'archived videos' feature will be great for absent students at CLC and Union Pines and those students that transfer into the school mid-semester.  

I look forward to learning more about OnSync in the coming weeks as I support the teachers and students involved.  

Tyler Callahan

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