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Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards 2014 Announced

on June 25, 2014
June 25, 2014 – e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE) will present the second-annual Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCAA) for K-12 at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 conference in Atlanta on June 30.
 
“We are excited to announce the honorees of the 2014 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards,” said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s winners are leveraging the power of digital content and curriculum in creative ways that enhance and personalize learning. They offer innovative examples for other schools to emulate. 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 some highlights:
  • In Florida, Broward County Public Schools’ Digital 5 Pathway to Personalized Learning program gives fifth graders in selected schools daily access to a digital curriculum, digital devices and digital tools for learning. A unique approach to a one-to-one initiative, Digital 5 combines new reading and mathematics curricula with a blended learning environment that personalizes instruction and allows for self-paced learning. Preliminary evaluation results have shown high student engagement, increased attendance and a significant decline in student behavioral issues. These results have led to Broward to double the number of Digital 5 schools for the upcoming year and add new programs to support sixth and ninth grade.
  • Highline School District, Wash., has seen a dramatic increase in elementary math scores with the use of adaptive digital tools. Since 2012-13, all K-8 students have accessed an adaptive digital math partner for 90 minutes a week. Internal data show students made at least 75 percent progress toward completing their syllabus work and were 38 percent more likely to pass state exams than students with less syllabus progress. At sixth grade, test scores increased from 15 points below the state average to 2 points above.  
  • Los Angeles Unified School District’s Common Core Technology Project aims to provide all 600,000+ students with a device preloaded with digital content aligned to the Common Core State Standards. So far 76,000 devices have been deployed and thousands of teachers trained in their use and accompanying content. Currently digital curriculum in mathematics and English language arts is interactive and technology-enhanced. A substantial investment to increase the District’s infrastructure was made to enable the use of a massive mobile device management system which is deploying applications to all District devices.  A comprehensive security strategy allows the District to track and recover devices that are lost or stolen. 
  • Vail Unified School District, Ariz.’s instructional playbook “Beyond Textbooks” is being used by 90 school districts and charters across Arizona. The program gives access to Vail’s curriculum digitally, as well as allowing teachers to share their best lesson plans, resources, and ideas. State standards, rather than teaching materials, drive teaching and learning under this model. A team of teachers and administrators defines what students should do to demonstrate understanding of each state standard. Then the team develops curriculum calendars for when and how long the different standards will be taught, and determines specific materials and resources needed.  A wiki serves as a digital version of the curriculum as it is developed.
 
The K-12 honorees in each category:
 
K-12 Small-Medium District/School (up to 12,000 students) 
  • Encinitas Union School District, Calif. – One to One Digital Learning Program
  • Henry County Public Schools, Va. – 21st Century Mobile Learning
  • Leyden High School District 212, Ill. – Taking Learning to the Cloud: Leyden’s 1:1 Program
  • Monroe County Schools, Ga. – Mobile and Measurable Math
  • Vail Unified School District, Ariz. – Beyond Textbooks
 
K-12 Large District/School (12,000 or more students)
  • Atlanta Public Schools – Trekking through 21st Century Learning with myBackPack
  • Broward County Public Schools, Fla. – Digital 5: Broward’s Pathway to Personalized Learning
  • Clark County School District, Nev. – E3 Project: Engage, Empower, Explore and District Technology Plan
  • Highline School District, Wash. – BlendED: Adaptive Tools as a Pathway to Success
  • Houston Independent School District – An Overarching Solution for 21st Century Learning
  • Los Angeles Unified School District – Common Core Technology Project Leads 1:1 Initiative
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Tenn. – MNPS All Stars: Transforming Instruction with a Click of the Mouse
  • Orange County Public Schools, Fla. – Cloud Connect
 
CDE thanks our Premier Sponsor Samsung, and sponsors AMD, Infoblox and T-Mobile, for underwriting the 2014 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards. 
 
 
About The Center for Digital Education
 
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.
 
CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education. 
 
For questions, contact Janet Grenslitt, Surveys and Awards Director, at jgrenslitt@centerdigitaled.com.

2014 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards program sponsors:

 Samsung AMD
 

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