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By leveraging technology and digital content, schools can create highly effective 21st-century teaching and learning environments that significantly impact student engagement and drive achievement. In order to create these environments across a district, however, administrators first need to create a strategic digital conversion plan. In this web seminar originally broadcast on March 16, 2016, administrators from the Fort Thomas Independent Schools in Kentucky discussed how they created a bold 5-year digital conversion plan.

Sorting through online resources can be a challenge for districts seeking free comprehensive curriculum or teachers simply searching for supplemental lesson material.

When Tullahoma City Schools administrators started shopping for new social studies textbooks in 2013, they found only a few options aligned to new Tennessee state standards. Rather than wait for newer textbooks to be released, the district embarked on the ambitious project of creating its own.

9/8/2015

One of the newest technologies being applied in K12 today is 3D printing, particularly in integrated STEM courses. This new technology also has potential application beyond engineering classes, however, providing creative ways to enhance the curriculum in a variety of other subjects.

Attend this web seminar to learn how educators in the Marlborough (Mass.) Public Schools are using 3D printing in creative ways, including math and history projects. In addition, learn how STEM projects are enhanced by the inclusion of 3D design challenges.

When four South Carolina districts joined forces in 2013 to compete for a federal Race to the Top grant, their shared educational vision was clear: Teach students to be creative innovators and independent learners. The challenge was finding a model to encompass all the sweeping changes they wanted to implement.

Chart shows K12 financial literacy requirements across the nations (click to enlarge)

As today’s students find themselves deciding money matters long before adulthood, progressive districts are introducing financial literacy lessons in elementary and middle grades—with some requiring high school students to complete a personal finance program to graduate.

Students at George Armstrong Elementary School in the Chicago Public Schools get lessons about money and finance. They learn about earning income and how to play a stock market game.

As today’s students find themselves deciding money matters long before adulthood, progressive districts are introducing financial literacy lessons in elementary and middle grades—with some requiring high school students to complete a personal finance program to graduate.

This K12 learning management system enables teachers to better facilitate instructional delivery and engage today’s digitally wired students. Whether teachers are developing lessons, distributing and collecting assignments, grading tests or engaging with parents, itslearning supports learning anytime, anywhere, on any device — all on one platform, in one location, requiring one login.

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2014

BuildYourOwnCurriculum allows teachers to create, share, use, assess and continuously improve curriculum. Administrators can analyze curriculum to make improvements. Students can see the standards they are expected to master, get assignments and retrieve the resources they need to complete their work.

Reader Testimony: 

“The BYOC framework is helping teachers organize their specific curriculum in one web-based location. It also provides the structure for meaningful curriculum conversations and collaboration among teachers in deciding what constitutes effective instruction.” — Pam Best, assistant superintendent, Louisburg USD, Kan.

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2014
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis observes students and educators participating in the Open Campus PA program.

This past school year has been a little less hectic for busy juniors and seniors at Hempfield High School, thanks to a new, unique online course-sharing initiative.

The Hempfield School District is in a suburban-rural community outside Lancaster, Pa., and is one of three local districts that have implemented Open Campus PA, a program that unites its high school with the nearby Penn Manor and Manheim Township districts’ high schools. The goal is to share teachers and selected online courses, allowing participating students to take online classes on their own time.