Governor Nathan Deal recently awarded Thomas County Central High School (TCCHS) a technology grant of $699,312 to expand its blended learning program.
Blended learning - - also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses - - consists of classes in which a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning.
Thomas County’s Bishop Hall Charter School was an early-adopter of blended learning. Thomas County has utilized Bishop Hall in the classic way that charter schools were intended, as a laboratory to develop new and innovative teaching techniques. The successful elements of the blended learning model cultivated at Bishop Hall which have resulted in increased academic performance there will be “scaled” or expanded to classes at TCCHS.
In addition to completing Thomas County’s one-to-one computer-to-student initiative, the grant will provide funds for extensive professional learning for staff and will provide after-school tutoring for students who experience academic difficulties.
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