CoIS Abroad

CoIS is Expanding!

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In cooperation with the Haniel Foundation, CoIS is serving students in Kirimari Ward near Embu Kenya.

Mr. Ireri initiated the creation of an Enrichment Program that emphasizes the talents, interests and needs of the children his foundation mentors: Competitive sports, entrepreneurship, and art. Your child is welcome to attend one of our live classes on Tuesday mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. Mountain Time, which is 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Kenya.

CoIS uses a flipped classroom model for its distance programs: Students access a short, online lesson, often including a video and quiz before class. Then, they test their knowledge by interacting with teachers and classmates via video chat services such as Facetime, Skype and G Suite. The teachers use games to assess, reinforce and build on previous lessons. Teachers identify weaknesses and strengthen understanding.

Some advantages of the flipped classroom model: Students can watch, pause and re-watch the lessons as needed and the quizzes require focus and attention. Because students have already been exposed to the learning material, their time interacting with the teachers and classmates is more productive, social and participatory. School becomes a social celebration and time for reward. The flipped classroom model builds incentive and reward into the system, as students who did not do the lesson cannot participate with the same confidence that more studious students can.

For example, our first lesson will include an introduction to juggling by one of our most dynamic alumni. If the distance learner watches the lesson before class, and can answer questions about the content (in this case, do some of the practice exercises) it will be apparent when the students come together with the Teacher to practice as a group. The astute student will be rewarded with attention, praise and be able to advise classmates.

The second segment will consist of English as a second language instruction and information literacy. In this context, information literacy means being exposed to one amazing technology per class. This could be showing students how to operate a robot’s camera in the Tate Britain museum at night, or taking them on a virtual field trip with Google Earth. The second segment will end with storytelling. The English instruction, communication practice and information literacy skills will connect students to the world, opening entrepreneurial opportunities and building the requisite frames of reference.

The third segment will focus on art, design and culture. From using mud and sticks (waddle) to create sculptures to recording layers of sound and remixing them collaboratively online, the students will exercise their creativity.