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MA Teachers Share Best Practices and Resources

Wayland Public Schools is committed to the integration and meaningful use of instructional and information technologies to support, enrich, and extend student learning throughout the curriculum.
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Wayland Public Schools is committed to the integration and meaningful use of instructional and information technologies to support, enrich, and extend student learning throughout the curriculum. As part of this commitment, a 1:1 initiative at the high school had them evaluating ways they could explore multiple learning strategies such as blended learning, flipped classrooms and online courses and content. The result was the selection of itslearning as its digital learning platform. After two years, district teachers now use itslearning for everything from sharing resources to professional development.

“Our teachers have had a very positive experience with itslearning,” says Leisha Simon, director of IT at Wayland Public Schools. “The interface is so easy to use, and that was so important to the teachers. The ease of use has made the need for support and training minimal.”

Today, the platform has become an integral part of school operations, with both middle school and high school teachers using it for everything from sharing materials to completing training modules. “They can collaborate on the development of the curriculum,” said Ms. Simon. “They can share modules, tests, learning materials and whiteboard courses.”

Not only was itslearning used to build teachers’ technical skills, but it was also used to convince the school board when the district first showed interest in buying the platform. Ms. Simon created a course in itslearning about the district’s 1:1 initiative and asked the board members to complete it. The 1:1 initiative aims to equip all 870 high school students with a computer connected to a learning platform.

“It is exciting and gratifying to see a premier district like Wayland Public Schools adopt itslearning and we look forward to working closely with them on their mission to educate, prepare, and inspire all students to achieve their full potential as lifelong learners, thinkers and productive contributors to our global society,” said Kevin Pawsey, CEO of itslearning, US.



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