New learning options outside of the classroom available for Columbia County students

Thursday, April 25, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Kids in Columbia County are getting more options to learn outside of the traditional classroom. Now they can choose between dual-enrollment, internships, and even working from home.

It's all about options and giving students the ability to create their own schedules. There is a list of all of your options for next year. Three of them are new and they take you out of the classroom.

One is hybrid learning.

"It's kind of a come see me when you need to type thing," said Brian Levens.

It started off as a pilot project with Brian Levens class at Harlem High School.

“Then they'll go to their class work page and that's where they'll find their assignments," said Levens.

But starting next year, Columbia County is rolling it out at every high school in the county.

"Hybrid learning basically means we take a traditional class and we put it online. Everything is done through Google classroom and students will go there to get their notes, to do assignments, they even take quizzes," said Levens.

It's a mix of old-school learning and new. Students do most of their work from the comfort of their home but come in for tests and special classes.

“It's the way that things are going. There is a need to be proficient in technology. There is a need to make sure students are able to do things on their own," said Levens.

It's one of the many options students have to choose from for the next school year.

"We think of it as a buffet. Students are going to be able to look and see what type of learning best fits their learning style," said Penny Jackson, the assistant superintendent in Columbia County.

There's a list of teaching styles you can choose from. Three of them are new and they are online teaching means the class is taught solely online, work from home means you'll go to school four days a week and work home for one, and hybrid teaching is a mix a both.

“You have to know your kid. You have to know if they're independent learners or if they're really good with time,” said Jackson.

This is a big change so parents, talk to the school counselors and if it ends up not being a good fit, it's easy to switch.