June 24, 2013 – The Center for Digital Education (CDE) announced the first annual Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCAA) for K-12 at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2013 conference on June 23.
“We are excited to announce our very first honorees of the Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards,” said Cathilea Robinett, Executive Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. “Innovations in digital content and curriculum are moving us rapidly into the future of education — with this year’s groups leading the charge by applying unique technology approaches to learning. The Center for Digital Education congratulates them all for their leadership in moving education forward!”
The awardees are using technology to advance digital curriculum and content in exciting ways. Here are highlights:
Geneseo CUSD 228, IL – Geneseo High School Science Curriculum Online
Geneseo has Science content and curriculum online, technology coaches who are full-time teaching staff helping teachers to develop digital content and curriculum, and classroom tech including iPads, MacBooks in mobile labs, and computers in traditional labs.
Lindop District 92, IL – Lindop School Grades Three through Eight Advanced Technology
Lindop School relies on open source software for creative ways to use technology. In 3rd – 5th grades students create Wikis, music, and pod casts, animate silent movies, and learn computer programming. Sixth - 8th grade students learn 3D architecture in Math, create a movie trailer, and take STEM, advanced animation, and Robotics courses.
Livingston Public Schools, NJ – Livingston's Bicentennial!
Livingston Public Schools, NJ, partnered with the New Jersey Institute of Technology to develop three interactive social studies games aligned to the three common core standards. Students get to work with an interactive historical timeline, a sequencing game called “How a Civil War Boot was Made in Livingston” and an auto-bingo game called “Livingston’s History, Community, Recreational and Environmental Bingo.”
Springfield Public Schools, NJ – One to One
Springfield Public Schools is in its eighth year of being a paperless district and 1:1, thanks to visionary Michael A. Davino who initiated 1:1 with Apple in 1999. They have four iPads in each elementary classroom; some classes have no textbooks, and teachers use Web-based curriculum such as Google sites and ITunes U. Students and teachers have e-lockers and e-portfolios.
Springville-Griffith Institute CSD, NY – Teaching Students To Speak Truth To Power
Springville-Griffith Institute CSD, NY, developed a human-rights-content video contest based on Kerry Kennedy’s book, Speak Truth to Power that is used across many schools. Designed to accompany existing curriculum, the video contest allows students to engage with and educate others about human rights issues through film.
K-12 Large District/School (12,000 or more students)
Henrico County Public Schools, VA – Henrico 21
Henrico Co Public Schools has been integrating digital content since their move to 1:1 laptops in grades 6 through 12 in 2001. Their strategy - “Henrico 21” developed a rubric called Technology Integration Progression Chart (TIP-C) that defines quality teaching and learning with digital content and tools, and a district-wide contest that awards teacher and student prizes for 21st-century infused lesson plans and student work.
Kent School District, WA – NextGen Learning Resources
With a district wide 3:1 student to computer ratio, and a 1:1 program on track for all secondary students over the next two years, providing access to digital resources for teachers and students is key for Kent School District. In addition to platforms for providing student access to digital learning materials, the district has established a comprehensive Curriculum Center for teachers with interactive simulations, video clips, and technology skill development tutorials.
Prince William County Schools, VA – Virtual High School
Prince William County Schools, VA, expanded their Virtual High School (VHS) to include 22 courses with over 9,000 students earning course credit. The courses are 70% online and 30% in-person and aligned with local and state curriculum guidelines giving students an impressive online resource to achieve their goals.
Rowan-Salisbury School System, NC – Teaching in the 21st Century
Rowan-Salisbury School System, NC, developed a comprehensive digital transition strategy with professional development, school infrastructure, and more than two dozen instructional technology facilitators; wired its school buses for students to do homework online; and at the high school in its fifth year of 1:1 has seen a decrease in discipline and an increase in graduation rates.
Township High School District 214, IL – Developing Digital Curriculum for a New Age
In the 2009–10 school year, the lack of digital materials offered by publishing companies pushed Townsend High School District 214 forward in digital content creation. Currently both teachers and students create content. As more digital texts are being developed and purchased, and with test scores going up 11 percent year over year, the District sees a continuing trend of supporting digital learners.
CDE thanks our Premier Sponsor Samsung, and Adaptive Curriculum, EMC, and NetApp for underwriting the Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards.
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