Classroom to home, bulb showcases remote learning

Belinda Medellin and her high schoolers at CAST Tech quickly adapted to the new remote learning environment, successfully implementing project-based and personalized learning from home.

CAST Tech High prepares high school students for careers in technology and business. The school works with industry partners to give students hands-on experiences through internships—typically in one of three pathways: Computer Science, Digital Media, and UX Design. To graduate, students are required to create a digital portfolio to apply for internships, jobs and further their education opportunities.

CAST Tech is the first high school in the U.S. to teach UX Design at the high school level. The innovator of the UX Design program is 2020 Secondary Texas Teacher of the Year, Belinda Medellin. Belinda has been teaching for 12 years, three years at CAST Tech. She discovered bulb Digital Portfolios, and helped implement the use of it school-wide.

School closures due to COVID-19 have been overwhelming and challenging for educators to teach students remotely. Some of the concerns of teachers include:

-How can I stay connected with my students every day? -How can I effectively teach new concepts, and deliver individualized learning plans? -How do I ensure the learning is taking place and how do I encourage it?

Belinda addressed these concerns with bulb. Her students were able to quickly adapt to remote learning, using bulb in conjunction with Google Classroom. Even remotely, students are working on jump-starting their careers and documenting their work to show future employers. bulb has allowed students to effectively communicate with their teacher and peers, and become active agents of their own learning.

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