What if … Elementary was full of joy, imagination, and real-world exploration?
The staff at Ignite Centre for eLearning recognize that our children were born to learn – to question, to wonder, to explore, and imagine.
Connect to the World with Ignite Centre for eLearning
At Ignite Centre for eLearning, we work with our students and their parents/caregivers to understand how to connect their passions and learning to one another, to their communities, and to the world. Our staff understand how to ignite children’s ability to learn about their unique potential and to use their skills of inquiry and creativity to co-create knowledge and deep understanding of the world about them.
As part of our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, we endeavour to ensure that all students at Ignite Centre for eLearning benefit from deepening their understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. This will be reflected in instructional approaches and course content across grades and subjects.
At Ignite, we believe in the ability of every student to learn and grow throughout the school year.
Learner-Centered – Students are actively engaged in bringing their imagination, wonder, and joy to their learning journey.
Flexibility and Focus – Families have flexibility in determining how best to create the learning pathway for their children, with structures in place to ensure success.
Targeted Supports – Students in need of supports such as psychoeducational assessments, speech language pathologists and literacy specialists, will be provided these as part of their individual program as needed.
Focus on Success – We believe that success is defined differently for each student; families play a pivotal role in defining what success means to them as well as how it can be achieved.
The Elementary program at Ignite Centre for eLearning is well prepared to meet the needs of a variety of students, including students who:
for whatever reason, cannot attend a physical building
have physical or mental health issues
need a flexible schedule due to sports, travel, etc.
feel that they learn best through online learning
have strong parent/caregiver support in the home
want to feel a sense of connection to a learning community.
Online Learning Program
The Elementary online learning program at Ignite Centre for eLearning provides students with an opportunity to experience high quality learning through both synchronous (live, online), scheduled instruction sessions, balanced with asynchronous (offline) learning time. The teachers at Ignite bring many years of excellence in teaching in online environments and are passionate about supporting student success in these environments. In addition to well designed, high quality online courses, students will have the opportunity to participate in field trips, land-based learning opportunities, as well as meeting with staff in local communities when it is safe to do so.
For elementary students, we believe that strong parent/caregiver support at home will be important to ensure student progress and success.
All students new to the Ignite Centre for eLearning are required to complete an orientation course that will prepare them to be a successful online learner and contributing member of our learning community. Parents are also invited to attend information sessions to understand how best to support their child(ren) learning at home.
The following courses will be available to students as part of our Elementary online program for the 2021/2022 school year:
English Language Arts
Social Emotional Learning (SEL), mental health, and Indigenous perspectives will be integrated across the curriculum.
Physical Education and other options will be the responsibility of the parent.
The Ignite Centre for eLearning is committed to ensuring all students are successful. Fair, consistent, and reliable assessment of student learning is an important part of this commitment. The purpose of our Assessment Guide is to share information about assessment with students, parents, and stakeholders in an effort to improve both learning and instruction. Assessments provide teachers information to understand what students know and do not know in relation to course outcomes. This information is then used to guide instruction and provide support for students to achieve their goals.
Alberta Education has published an Online Guide for Students and Families, which has some excellent considerations for online learners. At Ignite, we believe that learners will be successful if they have the necessary supports in place. Students and their families play an important role in ensuring that we have identified and provided those supports for success!
A few tips we know, from our experience and the research, will help your student be successful:
Keep connected with your student’s teacher. Knowing them well (and them knowing you and your student) will go a long way to helping them on your road to success.
Plan time for both school and other activities your student enjoys doing.
Encourage your student to ask for help whenever it is needed. Ask questions. Your student’s teachers really do want to hear from them!
Ensure your student attends live sessions and if they need to be absent for any reason, notify their teacher and have them watch the recording..
Michigan Virtual has created an excellent, research-based, free orientation resource called Strategies for Online Success to help students prepare to be successful in online learning: https://michiganvirtual.org/resources/sos/