The Imagination Network at the ILC features two very unique programs. These programs fall under the umbrella we title “Academy VIBE.” VIBE consists of several classes that utilize our green screen (television) studio and our soundproof music studio. Musically gifted students join to learn about the ins and out of sound engineering as they form their own bands and perform using cover songs and original compositions. Students with a creative side that see a future in the broadcasting or journalism field join to learn about video, editing, communications, and often join with the musical side of the class to create music videos and partner projects.
Below is a PSA completed by Judy Larsen, Alyson Feasel, Michael Hogan, Zerek Metz, and Alex Stemple:
The following was written by English 1100 instructor Pam Antos as a response to an email asking for a College Jumpstart update for the website. Her reply was so perfect that it made no sense to do anything but post it directly to the site without edits. Mrs. Antos also teaches Honors English 9 to our 8th grade students here at the ILC.
As the 2014 calendar year comes to a close and the excitement of 2015 moves to the forefront, it’s important that we take time to reflect upon our accomplishments, successes, and failures the same way that we ask our students to do on a daily basis. The McVey Innovative Learning Center is only in year 2 of operation, but as we take a look back through the top posts of 2014 it seems like a lifetime of lessons and memories have taken place.
The following links are to stories posted on our website in 2014. They provide a panoramic view of our students, the staff, and the experiences that make the ILC an asset to the Hilliard community.
1. Mr. Wise closes out the 2013-14 school year with a reflection titled “The Why”
2. Academy EDU students visit Crossing Elementary to help elementary students discover their passion
3. Check out the online experience as we peak inside the online program and debunk some myths about online teaching and learning
4. Led by senior Connor Lairson, Personal Success Network students raise money for D.A.S.H
5. As the 2014-15 school year launched, Mr. Wise could hear all of the smiling
Yes, you read that headline correctly, and those are exclamation points of excitement!
Our philosophy around the ILC encourages failure in many ways. We talk about it openly, and therefore, it’s a positive, not a negative. The type of failure that I am referring to is that of trial and error. Failure that provides a learning opportunity, some authentic feedback, and a chance to then take a different path to discovery or success.
We have several students that will be dropping a course at the semester time. Why? No, they didn’t fail out of school with an ‘F,’ they simply discovered that the career path they had chosen to look into wasn’t for them.
Most recently a student nervously approached our Academy EDU teachers to let them know that she has decided she doesn’t want to be a teacher. Much to her surprise, their response was something similar to “GREAT!”
The goal of our opportunities cannot be to mold every single student into a teacher, or doctor, or business person. Our goal is to help her discover her next step and to prepare her appropriately. This senior in high school may have gone to college and spent an entire semester studying to be a teacher only to find she didn’t want to pursue that path. Time and money saved!!
Whether it is failure on a project, a paper, or as simple as finding out the class isn’t for you; we want students diving into their education far enough to experience a moment that impacts them well beyond their time at the ILC.
Failure is everywhere, and we couldn’t be more excited to take on these opportunities to learn from the experiences it provides.