The Burton College of Education at McNeese State University is investing in the lives of K-12 students by developing Education Roundup, a new online repository of academic lessons for families to use at home.
The online lessons are produced by teacher candidates in their final semester at McNeese. According to Dr. Angel Ogea, dean of the college, developing online material offers candidates hands-on experience that will prepare them to teach students in a variety of formats.
“Whether it be the coronavirus pandemic or hurricane season here in Louisiana, it’s important for educators to have the resources and the skills to teach through various modes of instruction,” she says.
Early childhood, elementary, secondary and K-12 education majors create two digital learning opportunities that include guided practice activities with instructions, a form of assessment so parents and students can gauge one’s level of learning and additional resources.
“Each online lesson has a step-by-step guide that parents or older students can use to guide them through the work,” says Dr. Jan Robichaux, associate professor of education. “Activities and printable hand-outs are also included. Each lesson lasts between 15 minutes to one hour depending on grade and skill level.”
Unlike computer model activities, the resources provided by the college are aligned with both Louisiana Student Standards and Tier 1 curriculum requirements. This means that all of the lessons available are relevant to what students would be learning in a typical classroom setting.
“There are a variety of subjects covered in the online lessons,” says Dr. Cortney Denman, assistant professor of education. “We want this to be a resource that families can use during times of crisis, during the summer to help students retain information between school years and even as supplemental practice for current lessons in the classroom.”
Ogea says the college hopes to expand the Education Roundup to include the work of students in a variety of courses and classifications.
“We feel Education Roundup is an opportunity for us to continue to invest in student learning within our community and across the state for years to come,” she says.
To view all of the lessons available on Education Roundup, visit https://www.mcneese.edu/education/stpes/education-roundup.