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Blended Learning @ Indian Creek (BLinc)

    • BLinc Course Offerings: Summer 2020

Summer 2020 BLinc Course Offerings

List of 5 items.

  • MINI-MOVIE MAKER (Grades 2-4)

    The Mini-Movie Maker BLinc starts its four-week experience with a weeklong day camp at the ICS Evergreen Campus (July 6-10). 

    Course creator (and ICS faculty member) Josh Sprague will engage students with exciting movie-themed activities while also ensuring all participants learn to use the technology involved in the course. This is followed by three additional weeks of guided online material that will walk the students through writing, recording, and editing their own movie. 

    Please email BLinc@indiancreekschool.org with any questions. Click here to register.
  • EXPLORING EGYPT (Grades 5-8)

    Uncover ancient mysteries as you read The Kane Chronicles, Rick Riordan's young adult series.  Follow the adventures of the story’s magical siblings as they defend the modern world from waking Egyptian gods and goddesses.  Each book in this three-part series will provide a new focal point to guide students to a deeper understanding of Ancient Egyptian culture, mythology, and history. 

    Created and taught by ICS’s own faculty member Tina Alexander, this course will count as the ICS summer reading requirement for rising fifth and sixth grade students.  It will count as three of the four required summer novels for rising seventh and eighth grade students.

    Exploring Egypt will have a face-to-face meeting during the first week of the course that will be scheduled based on participants’ preferences.

    Please email BLinc@indiancreekschool.org with any questions.
    Click here to register.
  • MARINE BIOLOGY (grades 9-11)

    From brilliant coral reefs to the deep abyssal seas or from local estuaries to the open ocean, each of these locales is home to a wonderous array of marine life. Come travel through marine environments to learn how they work and what lurks within the waters with ICS STEM Director Stephen Roth as your personal guide. Debate the pros and cons of human influences and learn how the choices we make impact both the flora (plant life) and fauna (animal life) of aquatic ecosystems.

    All participants are required to attend a half-day day field trip on Saturday, July 25. Upon the successful completion of the course students can earn 0.5 credits at the ICS Upper School.

    Please email BLinc@indiancreekschool.org with any questions. Click here to register.
  • CREATIVE SYMMETRY (grades 10-12)

    Where do math and symmetry intersect?  The answer may surprise you as you explore natural wonders, art, architecture, and history.  Discover firsthand how geometry transforms the world and how balance and harmonic design enriches our lives, as ICS’s own faculty member Glenn Klakring leads you through this new offering to BLinc, Creative Symmetry. 

    Students will meet on campus at the start and end of the course (Saturday, July 5 & Saturday, August 1).  Exact times will be determined closer to the course’s start date based on scheduling feedback from participants.  *This enrichment course has a pre-requisite of a B+ or higher in Geometry. 

    Please email BLinc@indiancreekschool.org with any questions. Click here to register.
  • COLLEGE BOUND (grades 11-12)

    Writing about yourself can be challenging, especially when it is the only opportunity for an admissions officer to get to know the real you. This course helps students compose their college admission essay and provides them with a springboard to get ahead of the very busy, and sometimes stressful, college application process. Each week, you will cultivate the tools necessary to develop and finish an essay ready to wow any college.

    Returning from a very successful season last summer, Humanities faculty member Becca Derry will provide guidance and regular communication throughout the four weeks. This includes an optional, yet strongly recommended, face-to-face meeting at the ICS Upper School on Monday, July 6, and one-on-one meetings arranged by each participant during the third week of the course. These meetings can be scheduled as in-person or virtual meetings depending on each student’s preference.

    Please email BLinc@indiancreekschool.org with any questions.
    Click here to register.

Blended Learning @ Indian Creek (BLinc) expands and enhances the School’s curriculum through courses offered in face-to-face meetings with the instructor and online formats. BLinc classes are innovative, engaging, and challenging. Rigorous courses are designed by accomplished, enthusiastic, and responsive teachers for students who excel and seek additional opportunities for intellectual growth. BLinc promotes student engagement and fosters collaborative learning in an online atmosphere, preparing students for global citizenship in the 21st century.

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • What is a BLinc?

    BLinc is a blending learning course offered by Indian Creek faculty as an enrichment experience or as a course for credit. Although each course will be unique, all will be delivered as blended classes.
  • What’s a blended class?

    Blended courses (also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses) are classes where a portion of the face-to-face instruction is replaced with web-based online learning.
  • How much of the face-to-face instruction will be replaced by online coursework?

    This answer will vary greatly by class, discipline, and learning objectives. For a BLinc the majority of the content delivery will be web-based. Instructors will be active and accessible, posting discussions, writing and discussing prompts. Youtube videos, virtual labs, lectures, and more will be part of the courses. Some courses may require occasional face-to-face meetings or a field-trip component. Please see course descriptions and syllabi for specific requirements.
  • When are BLincs offered?

    BLinc courses run across three seasons: Fall, Winter, and Summer. Our Summer season runs in three periods (June 19th - July 16th; July 3rd - July 30th; July 17th - August 13th). Fall and Winter BLincs for Lower School students will meet each Wednesday during afterschool (3:15 - 4:15) and Middle School students will meet as needed during free periods such as study halls.
  • How will the content be delivered?

    All online content will be delivered through Indian Creek School’s learning management system, Haiku. Each course will have other specific requirements.

Why take a BLinc?

Blended Learning by the Numbers

  • 50% of all high school classes will be online by 2019*
  • According to the Center for Digital Learning, 73% of educators who used a blended model witnessed an increase in student engagement
  • The number of colleges and universities using blended formats have gone from 10% in 2010 to 50% in 2014.

After taking a BLinc course at ICS, students...

  • Turned their work in on time 13% more often
  • Worked until understanding a topic they initially did not understand 18% more often
  • Reacted well to comments from the teacher 32% more often
  • Enjoyed group work 33% more often
  • Offered their opinion in class 27% more often

Listen to CITE Award Winner and Indian Creek BLinc Instructor Sarah Allen ‘01 speak about BLinc the program on Education Talk Radio

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For general questions about BLincs or blended learning please contact BLinc@indiancreekschool.org.