A handful of students sit in their bedrooms, headphones plugged into their ears, as they listen to their Spanish teacher talk. Hall County students in middle and high school have access to Blended Learning Academy courses that combine a live teacher and online lessons.Wes Vonier, a Hall County foreign language instructor, teaches multiple Spanish courses with Damien Turpin.
Students are able to connect to their virtual classroom and interact live with their teachers, all from home. “Although the content is online, this is not what you’d think of with a typical online course,” Vonier said. “This is not a matter of viewing a video and taking a quiz. ... There is a high level of interaction or time spent working with the teacher and classmates.” The district has taught more than 400 students through blended Spanish courses, and more than 100 are enrolled now in the various courses.
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