Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:00am
The online iSchool initiative in Anchorage, Alaska expands disadvantaged students’ access to advanced coursework and gives all learners more flexibility to sign up for electives, voc-tech classes and after-school activities.
Enrollment in the Anchorage School District program has nearly tripled, from about 500 students a semester to 1,300 in spring 2016—and 92 percent earn passing grades. A summer school component gives another 1,000 students a chance to recover lost credits or keep from falling behind.
This web-based, interactive learning product allows teachers to collaborate with students across laptops, desktops, tablets, and other devices. Teachers can personalize online lessons and perform real-time assessment through polls.
Castle Learning Online, a supplement to classroom instruction, offers review assignments, practice sessions, and benchmark testing. It saves teachers time with automatic grading, assignment management, and instant progress reports. Core content areas for grades 3 through 12 are aligned to state standards.
“Castle Learning provides independent practice for my students as they prepare for Regents and advanced placement exams. Students can monitor their own progress in content retention and skill development. It gives me valuable feedback as to vocabulary and content that need reinforcement for a whole class or for an individual student.”
—Mary Jo Jepson, teacher, Brighton Central School District, N.Y
This online tool gives administrators templates to create and manage school events, like meetings and fundraisers. EventIQ can send out invitations in various ways, such as via email, and also manage RSVPs and payments. Users can create an interactive floor map to plan seating and equipment setup in any event location.
This service provides online check payment and credit card processing for food and after-school activities in public schools. With customizable reporting, CHECKredi can be used to consolidate and reconcile returned checks. It also provides other payment solutions through ACH (automated clearinghouse) processing and online credit card payments and approvals.
“With turning over to CheckRedi the responsibility of handling returned checks, not only are we able to recoup the income that school districts dearly need, but we are able to use the time saved to serve our teachers better and, of course, this filters down to helping our students.”
—Wanda Parker, financial officer, Nelson County Schools, Ky.
With Hapara’s Teacher Dashboard, educators can get a snapshot view of each student’s work in Google Docs, Sites, Blogger, and Picasa. Teachers can get a closer look at the work in a folder that is created for each student. Hapara allows students to drop their homework right in their own folders.
The Clever software allows districts to sync a variety of student information platforms to more easily manage student login information. Some of the platforms Clever has partnered with include myOn Reader, MyBigCampus, and DreamBox Learning.
“Clever has made it easy to manage student information in an efficient and effective way. Their API has allowed us to choose the best system for our students and import our data. This has also freed up staff to do more important things.”
—Steve Kinney, technology coordinator, New York City Department of Education
Made for K8 students, this literacy platform includes a library of eBooks and quizzes. Designed to improve performance in all subjects, Big Universe also includes a platform on which students can publish online books. For teachers, it offers lesson plans, learning management tools, and data reporting functions.
This LMS combines an easy-to-use collaborative interface with application integration. Schoology lets students, teachers, and parents work together on online courses, schedules, and secure email. Administrators can add third party content and apps, and also control the grading scale.
Gaggle is a school email system is designed to improve how students communicate with teachers. It includes tools like shared calendars, assignment drop boxes, discussion boards, blogs, online document editing, safe SMS texting, and filtered YouTube access. Gaggle.net also offers virus-free, online file storage that is accessible from home and school.