Districts Can Now Manage Digital Content with Curriculum Foundry from Learning.com
Now available for implementation, new solution helps districts use digital content to meet instructional goals, facilitate personalized learning and address budget challenges.
Portland, Ore. (Feb. 23, 2015) – As a growing number of school districts are undertaking the daunting task of transitioning to digital content, Learning.com announces that Curriculum Foundry, a solution that helps districts access, organize and share digital resources, is now ready for full-scale district implementation. Through this solution’s comprehensive set of lesson- and unit-development tools, districts can build and share their own curriculum.
To help districts start building curriculum, Curriculum Foundry includes a searchable content repository of vetted open education resources (OER) and other free digital resources covering core K-12 subjects. Curriculum Foundry also features single sign-on, enabling students and teachers to easily access digital content in their repository. Once districts have created their own curriculum using Curriculum Foundry, they can export their content via Thin Common Cartridge to be used in a number of compatible existing learning systems.
“Many districts are eager to use digital content but are challenged with organizing content from various sources into lessons and units that can be easily shared across the district,” said Learning.com CEO Keith Oelrich. “With Curriculum Foundry’s repository of quality digital content and comprehensive toolset, districts can build digital curriculum that can be easily accessed by teachers and students.”
Curriculum Foundry allows districts to add their own digital resources and third-party content to the repository. SAS® Curriculum Pathways® is the first third-party provider, offering interactive tools, resources and apps in all core disciplines for grades K-12 at no cost.
“SAS Curriculum Pathways provides more than 1,250 engaging learning resources that are mapped to state standards,” said Scott McQuiggan, director of SAS Curriculum Pathways. “Curriculum Foundry provides districts with the unique opportunity to create their own digital curriculum using our high-quality content in conjunction with other digital resources.”
Learning.com provides comprehensive professional development and training resources to ensure districts can effectively deploy Curriculum Foundry in all of their schools and classrooms.
Visit Learning.com/tools to learn more about begin implementing Curriculum Foundry in your district.
Learning.com helps students, teachers, and schools excel in a digital world. Districts equip their students with the technology and 21st century skills needed for success on online assessments, college, and the workforce using Learning.com’s digital literacy curriculum and assessments. Learning.com supports districts as they transition to digital content by providing a repository of OER and free digital resources with tools to build and share custom digital curriculum. Through implementation services and professional development, Learning.com serves educators as they integrate technology and digital content into instruction. Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with more than 2,700 districts and serves 4.9 million students.
AASA Launches New Website Redesign
Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 23, 2015 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the nation’s premier organization representing the voice of public school leadership, announced a new website redesign today. The redesign includes new information architecture, social media integration and visual design aimed at enabling school system leaders to have easy access to AASA news and messaging.
“The superintendent’s job has increasingly become one of the hardest jobs in America,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “In order for our members to best serve the children of their respective communities and set the pace for the way they learn, it is critical that we provide a user-friendly online hub so audiences have simple access to content they need. We are very pleased with the design of our new website.”
“Redesigning a website with more than 4,000 web pages is a lot like launching any new site. You have upgrade, redesign, development, testing and finally the roll out to the public; it’s a team effort,” said Gayane Minasyan, AASA online technologies director. “Our new site has been designed to expedite and simplify navigation, user experience, social media integration, member engagement, accessibility on mobile devices and more. We greatly appreciate the feedback received from our member superintendents at different focus groups and research studies.”
Key features of the website include:
- Easy Navigation
- Responsive Web Design, which provides an optimal viewing experience on different mobile devices
- Social Media Integration, which allows superintendents to engage and network with colleagues
- Syndication of the latest news and upcoming events
This announcement comes on the eve of the kick-off of AASA’s 150th anniversary celebration at its National Conference on Education, Feb. 26-28, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. Educators can follow the activities and conversations through AASA’s Conference Daily Online.
AASA’s website redesign was developed by the Fairfax, Va.-based American Technology Services. The company was recently ranked fourth on the Washington Business Journal’s list of Top 24 Visual Arts and Design Firms.
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.