I have chosen to teach Pre-Calculus 30 as a blended learning model, leaning more towards a hyflex model, as opposed to 50% f2f and 50% online that is being prescribed in our division. The course will be taught both in-person and live stream, but with asynchronous options to view lessons taught or comparable online video lessons being used. I will be using Google Classroom as my LMS, in conjunction with Docs, Slides, Meet, Chat and Jamboard. My main motivation behind choosing this course and method, is that I am tasked with teaching this course in Quint 4 (March 3 to May 3) with the current level 3 restriction likely still being in place at that time. I am hoping to experiment and design the shell of the course and then teach and use much of what I accomplish.
This is my 13th year teaching in Saskatchewan after teaching 2 years in British Columbia post graduation in 2005 from the Univ. of Regina. I have had a website for most my classes since I started with my own classroom. Originally, it was hosted by the division, but I quickly learned that none of the material could transfer from school to school, so being transferred meant starting all over again. Furthermore, the division asked each teacher to post their syllabus and course outline on their teacher page, which swiftly turned into the three in the school of us who knew how to do this, doing it for every teacher in the school! Since then I have been quieter about my tech abilities and used a Weebly site, YouTube videos (snhojnalyd is my channel) for woodshop and math instruction, posted on Instagram for classes, used Flipboard for animations, Google Sketchup for drafting, made woodshop TikTok's (Wood Yoda is my handle, my son posted some hockey videos during Covid) and now consistently use all Google tools such as Classroom, Docs, Jamboard, Forms, Chat and Meet. Most recently, I have embraced Screen-Castify to add video and audio to basic introductions and instructions for task. I feel very capable in the online sphere. Ironically, I much prefer teaching construction or math face-to-face and just using online platforms to supplement learning and help students who are absent. I would however feel capable of teaching fully online or in a hyflex model. My mother was a software sales rep. for most of my youth so we got our first laptop in 1986 and I have been using them consistently since then. Computers are something I am capable of using, but not passionate about, as I mostly find myself helping others to figure out how to use them!
Hello my name is Dylan Johns and I live just outside Lumsden, with my wife, son, daughter, 2 dogs and 3 cats in a straw bale house that I built on an acreage on my family's farmland (as you can see in the photo). When not enjoying building or outdoor pursuits, I am quite interested in technology, especially to do with teaching. I have played with many online platforms and flipped classroom methods over the years and am excited to learn more.