Back Office Business: Edtech in action
CLICKERS HELP 6TH-GRADE STUDENTS MAKE GREAT GAINS IN MATH
Challenge: With extremely limited funds (this district was second to last in perpupil
spending in the state), Esko (MN) Public Schools had to figure out how to
boost math scores for 6th-grade students who receive Title 1 funds for reading but
not for math.
Solution: Brian Wickenheiser, a 6th-grade math and science teacher, secured
grants and outside funding and purchased Turning Technologies’ ResponseCard
NXT clickers for the entire grade. For the past few years, the 6th-grade students
have been in the top seventh percentile of schools for math in Minnesota. “Formative
assessment has never been easier or better,” says Wickenheiser.
A NEBRASKA SCHOOL LAUNCHES AN ONLINE INCIDENT-MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION PLATFORM
Challenge: The Homer Community School in Nebraska
wanted to become more aware of student safety incidents and
behaviors within its community.
Solution: The school worked with Awareity, Inc.,
to launch TIPS, a Web-based incident-management
and prevention platform. Anyone can access TIPS from
the school’s Web site and report, either anonymously or
non-anonymously, an incident of bullying, cyber-bullying,
weapons possession, drug or alcohol use, harassment, school vandalism, or other behavior that can have a
negative impact on the learning environment.
KENTUCKY FINDS COMMON CORE RESOURCES FOR EVERY TEACHER IN THE STATE
Challenge: The Kentucky Department of Education was looking
for a way to provide PD and Common Core implementation
resources to public educators across the state.
Solution: A partnership with School Improvement Network
lets all of Kentucky’s 52,000 educators gain access to PD 360,
Common Core 360, and Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ “Mapping to the
Core” on the LiveBook 360 platform. These solutions give educators access to a library of more than 2,000
video segments on 125 educational topics, as well as an online professional learning community with nearly a
million verified educators.
TEACHERS IN THIS TEXAS DISTRICT CAN GO ONLINE FOR TECH-TRAINING RESOURCES AND TUTORIALS
Challenge: McAllen (TX) Intermediate School
District needed to distribute and manage more
than 22,000 mobile devices.
Solution: To train its educators and students
on using the mobile devices, district leaders
turned to Atomic Learning resources. “Atomic
Learning is a key partner in our dedication to
providing our teachers with the highest quality
technology-training resources available and
supporting our students with anytime, anywhere
learning,” says Carmen Garcia, director of
instructional technology. The Atomic package
includes 50,000 step-by-step tutorials that
support classroom instruction.
TECHNOLOGY HELPS A MASSACHUSETTS DISTRICT WITH TEACHER DEVELOPMENT
Challenge: Springfield (MA) Public Schools
wanted a way to improve professional development
for nearly 3,000 teachers in its district.
Solution: By partnering with
Truenorthlogic, the district launched an
evaluation process that includes data dashboards
for teachers, principals, and administrators
to drive decision-making and formative and
summative assessments to drive instruction.
FLORIDA DISTRICT PARTNERS WITH ASCD FOR COMMON CORE PD
Challenge: Pinellas County (FL) Schools, which serves 104,000
pre-K through 12th-grade students, set a goal of creating a professional
development (PD) system for its instructional coaches, teaching and
learning and PD staff, and school-based administrators to support all
teachers in implementing
the Common Core State
Solution: The district
chose ASCD’s Capacity
Building because it
wanted a school-based,
Capacity Building can be
delivered on site, virtually, or through a blended approach, and delivers
knowledge, leadership skills, and tools supporting specific Common
Core-focused instructional practices. “In collaboration with ASCD, we
are creating a team of district experts equipped to lead research-based
PD activities,” says Lisa Grant, director of PD for the district. “These
activities will build educators’ background knowledge and understanding
of the new standards so that they can be integrated into best-practice
strategies for achieving student success in the classroom.”
GOING SOLAR WILL HELP THIS DISTRICT SAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
Challenge: The Murrieta
Valley (CA) US D wanted
to cut $3.2 million
annually from their
Murrieta Valley district
implemented a plan
for using solar power.
The district installed
SolarCity solar power
systems at all 19 schools
and the central office.
The more than 10,000
solar panels are expected
to save the district, at
minimum, $1 million per
year for the first five years and about $23 million over the next 25 years. “The savings
our district will reap from going solar will benefit our general funds and enhance the
academic excellence we strive to maintain for our students,” says Bill Olien, assistant