Data Shows Edsby Deployment at Hillsborough County Among Most Successful Learning Management Systems in K-12

Cloud-based LMS serves 20 million daily requests nearly instantaneously, with virtually no service disruptions.

(PRWEB) January 29, 2015

For schools and districts, ed-tech downtime is an all-too-common reality that disrupts teaching and learning. But at Hillsborough County Public Schools, the eighth-largest district in the U.S., teachers and students enjoy near-constant uptime. Edsby, the district’s purpose-built learning management system (LMS) that connects students, teachers and parents using modern technologies, today released data revealing 99.98 percent uptime and significant utilization of the system in the first half of the 2014-15 academic year.

The results are a significant improvement from Hillsborough County’s previous system and stand in stark contrast to acknowledged struggles other LMSes have in staying online consistently. Data shows an average of 100,000 Hillsborough students, parents and teachers login to Edsby at least once a week. The Edsby Hillsborough system serves an average of 20 million requests every school day, with an independently measured response time averaging only 280 milliseconds. The amount of Edsby data served daily to Hillsborough users alone would create a stack of lesson plans and assignments as tall as a 43-floor building every day.

See Edsby at Hillsborough County by the numbers in this infographic.

“Based on sheer numbers and scale of the operation, Hillsborough County is one of the most significant enterprise software deployment successes in K-12,” said Steven Asbury, vice president of engineering at Edsby. “The district can manage a massive amount of information and has shown that the LMS contributes to parental involvement and academic achievement. Students, parents and teachers are very clearly using the system, unlike other programs which end up as shelfware.”

Hillsborough County has also seen a significant increase in student participation and online grading as teachers leverage the LMS’s social learning features to interact with students and input grades. Usage data shows that 47 percent of logins are from mobile platforms and that students are taking advantage of new BYOD policies by constantly using Edsby from their phones, iPods, tablets and laptops.

For educator reaction and more information about the Edsby implementation at Hillsborough County, read the full story.

About Edsby
Edsby is a modern, purpose-built Learning Management System (LMS) for K-12 that enables school districts and private schools to connect their teachers, students and parents using the technologies that have become pervasive in people’s lives. Edsby is developed by CoreFour, a team that has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for almost 30 years using the latest technology and standards. Edsby is a registered trademark of CoreFour Inc. Learn more at http://www.edsby.com.

 

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New Book by Veteran Teacher Integrates Social and Emotional Learning with Literacy Instruction

Sharing the Blue Crayon

Sharing the Blue Crayon offers practical strategies, and reflections from a diverse classroom

In more than a decade as a primary grades teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, Mary Anne Buckley found that many students lacked social and emotional tools, which impeded their academic progress. To link social and emotional learning with reading and writing skills, Buckley developed effective strategies for explicit teaching of empathy, self-control, perseverance, and other qualities essential for positive interactions in the classroom.

In Sharing the Blue Crayon: How to Integrate Social, Emotional, and Literacy Learning, Buckley describes how she created “friendship workshop” to go alongside reading and writing workshops. “These social-emotional skills must be explicitly shared and practiced,” writes Buckley. “They can’t be viewed as add-ons to the curriculum or as occasional lessons we use as ice-breakers during the first days of school. For many of our students, these crucial life lessons may be the only way into the academic life.”

That notion is also the central premise of the 2012 report, “The Missing Piece,” published by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, (CASEL), the nation’s leading organization for integrating social and emotional learning into our schools. According to the report’s authors, “…social and emotional learning is the missing piece to boost our student outcomes and transform our schools.”

Several states are in the process of adopting standards for social and emotional learning (SEL), and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) also supports the change. The SEL standards are particularly important for students who have had limited-language exposure at home. In addition, speaking and listening are essential skills for college and career readiness, as identified in the Common Core State Standards.

Sharing the Blue Crayon provides a case study from an experienced educator who is making SEL integral to the curriculum. The book is filled with classroom vignettes, reflection questions, behaviors that teachers are likely to encounter, and suggested actions.

The book will be published in February, 2015 by Stenhouse Publishers with a list price of $20. A free full-length preview of the book, as well as a study guide written by the author, are available at stenhouse.com/1041. For a free review copy, please contact Louisa Irele at lirele@stenhouse.com.

Stenhouse publishes professional development books and videos by teachers and for teachers. Our titles cover a range of content areas—from literacy and mathematics to science, social studies, the arts, and environmental education—as well as a variety of topics, including classroom management, assessment, and differentiation.

Mary Anne Buckley taught for eleven years at Bailey’s Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. She now lives and teaches in upstate New York.

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