Who said virtual learning can’t be as fun and interactive as in-person education? Certainly not us.
Since March of 2020, LA Opera Connects has been working hard to keep our learning programs just as fun and interactive from home as they were in the rehearsal rooms of the DCP. Thanks to Curriki, a non-profit organization that focuses on digital educational service, we have reimagined the opera classroom into a virtual and educational wonderland (complete with interactive animations and videos).
"While we have been producing digital lesson plans for teachers for some time, the learning environment drastically changed at the start of the pandemic. Without the physical classroom setting, teachers needed self-guided lessons that students could complete on their own. CurrikiStudio offered the ideal platform for this type of learning because it enabled students to work through lessons on their own, complete in-lesson activities to test their knowledge, and feel a sense of accomplishment,." says Stacy Brightman, VP of LA Opera Connects.
Now you’re probably wondering, what do these interactive lesson plans entail?
With Curriki, LA Opera was able to redesign lesson plans with built-in tools such as quizzes, slides, interactive videos, sound clips, and more, while ensuring that students and teachers never have to jump around to different websites or applications to experience it all.
This program isn’t limited to just us. Many organizations and schools, including LAO-affiliated LAUSD teachers, have been able to use Curriki with their own students to keep them engaged during these times when—let's be honest—students might not feel as motivated.
Gabriel Serrano, an LAUSD teacher who works with LA Opera, implemented Curriki into his lesson plans with great success.
"The timeline and quiz were easily used and navigated by the majority of the students. Both the students and the teachers gave positive feedback about these two features. The students were able to scroll between the quiz and timeline and use the articles as resources to answer the quiz questions, which is great practice toward the standard of referring to a text for answers. Every student, both online and in-school, was able to complete the assigned worksheet and submit a synopsis summary to Schoology, LAUSD’s online platform," he said.
We’re extraordinarily grateful for this partnership with Curriki and all its done to keep things semi-normal with a unique twist, just how we like it.
To learn more about our Connects educational programs, click here.