Digital Learning


 

For nearly twenty years, ASMSA has served among the pioneers and leading advocates in the development and expansion of opportunities through distance learning as well as the use of new and innovative technologies. ASMSA is an Arkansas Department of Education-approved digital provider offering appropriately challenging learning opportunities for motivated students in school districts throughout the state. Courses are offered through blended and real-time instructional models including live lectures, online assignments, and lab experiences.

In 2018-19, ASMSA is offering Computer Science I and II Plus and Advanced Biology Plus.

Computer Science I and II Plus is a unique opportunity for faculty members to prepare to teach computer science. They will work with our nationally acclaimed computer science specialist to provide digital and onsite computer science education opportunities for your students. Registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open and space is limited. For registration and more information, click here.

For more information regarding Computer Science Plus courses, please contact:

Daniel Moix, Director of Coding Arkansas' future, 501-622-5168, moixd@asmsa.org

Natalie Humphreys, Coordinator for Academic and Sponsored Programs, 501-622-5143, humphreysn@asmsa.org

David Slaymaker, Assistant Dean of Outreach, 501-622-5434, slaymakerd@asmsa.org.



Advanced Biology Plus is a unique opportunity for your faculty members to prepare to teach AP Biology and increase student success on AP exams. AP Biology Plus allows your district to work with our extraordinary biology instructors to provide digital and on-site opportunities for your students.

Benefits for the instructor:
   • Access to expert teachers at ASMSA before, during, and after your regularly-scheduled classes.
   • Content and assessments provided online for student use in the classroom.
   • Help with course pacing and building of lesson plans.
   • Training in multiple hands-on biology laboratories and in-class activities.
   • Access to a community of other biology teachers around the state.
   • Approximately 40 ADE-approved hours of quality professional development (as part of a required weeklong summer “bootcamp” and a minimum of two day-long workshops at ASMSA throughout the school year); four of these workshops will be offered and participation in all four is encouraged).

Participating teachers in the 2017-18 cohort received a technology expansion package that included $500 worth of laboratory equipment for permanent use in their school labs. Participating teachers in this cohort also had the opportunity to win a variety of door prizes, including lab kits and demo kits. The content and value of future technology expansion packages and other materials are grant-dependent.

Benefits for the student:
   • Access to expert teachers at ASMSA in real time and via online messages.
   • Possibility of participating in laboratories with the latest sensor and biotechnology equipment as part of field trips to ASMSA or visits from ASMSA instructors.
   • Opportunity to earn college credit via the AP Biology exam.
   • Improved skills in written and verbal communication and experience in digital learning, an important skill when approximately one in four college students now enroll in online courses.
   • Class fulfills Arkansas Department of Education requirement of taking an online class prior to graduation.

Cost and Other Information:
   • Participating schools must assign a teacher to the class who seeks to improve their AP Biology instructional ability and increase their students' AP Biology scores.
   • There is a $100 registration fee to ensure a place and defer training costs.  There is no student tuition.
   • The ASMSA instructor will be the teacher of record, so APSI is not required for participating teachers.
   • Student textbook purchase is required by participating districts.  Any textbook approved for use in AP Biology by the College Board is acceptable, providing it has a publication date within the last nine years. ASMSA has a limited number of textbooks available for lease to participating schools.
   • Participating districts must provide time for the assigned teacher to attend a weeklong summer boot camp and 2 one-day AP Biology Professional Development sessions throughout the year that accompany the class.  These are all held on the ASMSA campus in Hot Springs.  Lodging and room and board are provided at no cost during the boot camp.

Registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open, and space is limited. For registration and more information, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Whitney Holden, 501-622-5432, holdenw@asmsa.org

Dr. Patrycja Krakowiak, 501-622-5120, krakowiakp@asmsa.org

Natalie Humphreys, Coordinator for Academic and Sponsored Programs, 501-622-5143, humphreysn@asmsa.org

David Slaymaker, Assistant Dean of Outreach, 501-622-5434, slaymakerd@asmsa.org.

 

See examples of our AP Biology Plus and Computer Science Plus courses content below.

Virtual Lab Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis from ARMathSciArts on Vimeo.

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