Live Streaming Senior Math and Science will be expanded to be available to both Island and Mainland. Read our FAQ below and this article for details on what to expect. Sign up opens June 1st via our OTIS forms. If you know of a learner who would benefit from our Live Stream options but is not enrolled with RCOA, we welcome them to cross-enrol with us by completing an application for cross-enrolment. See this PDF for what courses are offered in this format: Livestream Chart
What Learners Can Expect in a RCOA Live Stream Class
Learners will attend two virtual classes per week (90 minutes per class for 24 weeks), where they will spend time participating in a variety of ways. For part of each lesson, learners will be taught one or more of the content areas (e.g., algebra, balancing chemical equations) and will have many opportunities to interact with the Live Stream teacher to ensure understanding. In addition, learners will participate in learning activities such as group work, problem-based learning tasks, project-based learning tasks, exploring online interactive tools, and other strategies for further developing each of the curricular competencies. Learners can also look forward to connecting with new peers across BC.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Question: Do learners attend class from home?
Answer: Yes, learners may attend class from home or any other location with sufficient internet speed.
- Question: Which online platform will learners use?
Answer: Live Stream classes will use a video conferencing program called “Zoom”.
- Question: How do the learners see what the Live Stream teacher is doing?
Answer: Teachers use a drawing tablet which allows them to project onto their computer what they have written by hand. Learners are able to see this when the teacher shares his/her screen via Zoom.
- Question: If the classes are 90 minutes long, does that mean learners will be listening to teaching for 90 minutes straight?
Answer: Although direct teaching (notes, practice problems) will be part of classes, the other part of class time will be used for group work, problem-based learning tasks, project-based learning tasks, online interactive math or science tools, and other strategies for further developing each competency.
- Question: How do learners remain engaged without a teacher physically beside them?
Answer: Although this class format requires more independence from the learner, learners use of video feed (so that the teacher and learners can see each other’s faces) along with integrating various types of formative assessment (polls, virtual check-ins, etc.) throughout the class allow learners to remain engaged for each class.
- Question: What internet speed will I need to support this?
Answer: Based on previous experience, learners have had great success with internet plans equivalent to (or greater than) Shaw Internet 75 (~75Mbps Download and ~7.5 Mbps Upload). To test your current internet speed, you can use an online speed test, such as: http://www.speedtest.net/.
- Question: Why did RCOA offer more upper-level Math & Science courses via Live Stream and less Face-to-Face (F2F) this year?
Answer: We have experienced great success within our F2F Math/Science courses over the years and we have tried to continually improve our offerings. Based on student/parent feedback, the area to focus improvements on was increasing the amount of time with the teacher. Within a Live Stream format, we are able to offer classes twice per week (as opposed to once) without substantially increasing the course fees. The second reason is to support more of our learners across BC by not restricting our offerings to our F2F locations.
- Question: What is a drawing tablet and why is it “recommended but not required” for the Math, Chemistry, and Physics courses?
Answer: Drawing Tablets are terrific and fairly inexpensive tools (~$50-80) that allow you to draw on your computer without having to use your mouse or finger (on touch screens). Drawing tablets are recommended because learners will be able to easily show the teacher their solutions and communicate their work to other learners for the group work portions of class. The Drawing Tablets are not required, however, and learners may wish to show their work by holding their work up to the webcam (it is less clear this way).