Academics

Blended Learning @ Indian Creek (BLinc)

  • Register Now for Coral Reef Crusaders!

    Coral Reef Crusaders
    Spring BLinc for students in Kindergarten through Third grade
    March 24 - May 4, with New online material each week
    Meet Every Wednesday (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
    6 weeks of fun for $300


    Take a global adventure through underwater ecosystems teeming with diverse and colorful life. ICS’ first grade teacher, Ms. Allen, has blended her technical expertise with the experiences and knowledge she gained last summer in Australia as a 2018 Fund for Teachers Fellow.

    Online tools paired with hands-on discovery will immerse young explorers in a vast array of coral reef ecosystems. They will investigate animals associated with coral reefs, problems today’s reefs face, and even Skype with a sea turtle rehabilitation specialist. With the wonderment in full effect, students will then move from discovery to stewardship as they share with our ICS community the lessons and solutions they have uncovered.


    Registration is now open at:
    Email Blinc@indiancreekschool.org with questions

Summer 2019 BLinc Course Offerings

List of 7 items.

  • DIGGIN WITH DINOS (Grades 1-3)

    June 30 - July 27
    The camp component will run from July 15 - 19 on the Lower School Campus.
    $300

    Let your child's inner paleontologist come out as they dig deep into the world of these ancient reptiles. Students will explore the habitats, diets, and cool facts about different species through interactive and engaging online resources. A week-long day camp (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) will further the exploration and fun!
  • MINECRAFT FABLES (Grades 2-4)

    June 16 - July 13
    The camp component runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with options for extended before and after care) at our Lower School Campus from July 8-12.
    $300

    This course combines the digital allure of Minecraft with the timeless lessons of classic tales. Students will use the open-world nature of Minecraft to design imagery related to classic fairy tales and fables. They will then transfer their Minecraft creations into ebooks using modern media tools, making them both illustrator and author. This course includes a week-long day camp for students to practice their new skills and share with their classmates.
  • OUT OF THE BOX (Grades 5-7)

    June 23 - August 20
    * Camp July 15-19
    $300

    The science behind designing and marketing everything we buy, from clothes to food, is complex and fascinating. Out of the Box will introduce students to key strategies involved in getting a product from concept to shelf. In addition to the three weeks of online activities, a week long, day-camp (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) is included. The camp which runs from July 15 - July 19 will expand on all of the online ideas and materials in a final Out of the Box design challenge at the Lower School campus.
  • THE ABCs of BABYSITTING (Grades 6-9)

    June 30 - July 27
    $300

    Babysitting can be a fun and rewarding job opportunity when you come prepared! In this course, online material covering a range of topics from food safety to self-promotion will help establish that preparation. Several engaging face-to-face activities, designed to help participants build their skills through CPR training, will be coordinated once the course has started. This is to select times that best fit the majority of the participants' schedules.
  • COASTAL ECOLOGY (Grades 8-10)

    July 7 - August 3
    $475

    Come examine the ecology and biology of the organisms that inhabit our local, coastal ecosystems by delving into the physical and geological processes that shape barrier islands. You will gain a deeper understanding of local flora and fauna, ecosystem structure, and the economic and biological value of the different barrier island ecosystems.

    This course requires the added component of field work. A mandatory half-day field trip devoted to sampling and analyzing the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries will be held on Saturday, July 27. Students will go to the Annapolis City Marina and spend 1 and ½ hours aboard a 30-foot U.S.C.G. certified fishing vessel. Here, they will apply their new skills and knowledge to investigate various aspects of the coastal ecosystem. 

    Upon the successfully completion of the course students can earn ½ credit at Indian Creek Upper School.
  • INTRO TO PROGRAMMING with PYTHON (Grades 10-12*)

    June 16 - July 13
    $400

    One of the fastest growing fields across the globe, computer programming touches nearly every type of career from architect to zoologist. The only thing you need to bring out your digital imagination is the language computers speak. This course will teach basic computer programming using the Python 3 programming language. Python has a gentle learning curve for beginners while still being utilized by professional programmers. 1/2 credit at Indian Creek Upper School upon successful completion of the course material. 

    *Rising 9th graders who have successfully completed Algebra are also eligible to participate.
  • WRITING YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY (Grades 11-12)

    July 7 - August 3
    $300

    Writing about yourself can be really challenging, especially when it is often the only opportunity for an admissions officer to get to know the real you. How do you promote your strengths without coming across as arrogant? What are college admissions officers looking for in a great essay? Over a period of four weeks you will receive one-on-one instruction and direct and constructive feedback in writing your personal essay from Indian Creek School’s Rebecca Derry. A brainstorming session will occur the first week of the course with any additional meetings being arranged as needed.
     
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

BLinc in the News

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