2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy School Assessment Tool & Survey
The Learning Counsel announces and launches their 2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy Assessment Tool & Survey for all Education Executives and Curriculum and Technology Directors
Sacramento, CA—May 21, 2015- Research shows district and school leaders are collectively hitting similar barriers in digital curriculum transition. To help them in this transformative period the Learning Counsel has announced and launched their 2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy Assessment Tool & Survey.
On top of the confusion of available devices and software to the education market, there is no immediate and codified solution for how these digital “things” are to be vetted, purchased or used. Teachers are literally overwhelmed at a time when standards and testing are also changing. It goes without saying this is creating an enormous burden for schools.
“We hope this survey will cause schools and districts to take inventory and look at what they are doing from a top-down pedagogical view,” said Mr. David Kafitz, Ed.D, VP school relationships & consulting of the Learning Counsel. He continued, “Perhaps a district is over-duplicating digital materials or devices. Or have no coverage at all in key subject areas. Inspecting policies, methods of purchase and use will be a healthy exercise that can greatly benefit a school or district’s transition to digital curriculum.”
A tool for all education executives, Curriculum and Technology Directors—the assessment locates where schools and districts stand on digital curriculum implementation. As a national survey of schools and districts, the Learning Counsel, a research institute and new media hub, will collect, analyze and summarize the findings and present them at their Annual Gathering and National Awards event in Albuquerque, NM in October later this year. The summarized results will also be made broadly available free of charge at learningcounsel.com.
The national assessment tool and survey was inspired by the Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Discussion Meetings held in 14 cities last year. “Every district and school executive, Curriculum Director or Innovations Specialist we met, no matter which city we were in, were running into similar frustrations, funding barriers and PD problems,” stated Ms. Leilani Cauthen, CEO & Publisher at the Learning Counsel. “Many districts and schools do not have comprehensive strategies. All types of random hardware products, subscription sites, apps, digital content and systems are being used in an unaligned and disorganized manner.”
Further, Ms. Cauthen stated, “We want to share knowledge of what is working and where the greatest challenges are and how they are being overcome. And beyond that, we want to acknowledge the leading schools and districts who are winning with their teachers and students in this digital age.”
Leading Districts & Schools to be Honored
The self-assessment and survey cut-off date for submission is September 15, 2015. Once all responses are in, they will be evaluated by the Learning Counsel and ranked based on the composition of their answers in the following areas:
- Strategy elements.
- Digital curriculum tactics.
- Coverage models.
- Organizational practices and systems.
- Successful pedagogical shift.
- Educator and student technology provisions, training, and use of digital curriculum.
The top 10 respondents to the survey will be invited to
attend the Gathering & National Awards Event hosted by
the Learning Counsel where the complete findings and
results of the survey will be presented. These top 10
leading and innovative schools or districts will be honored
for their achievements. Winner interviews will be publicly
promoted with video capture and editorial on the Learning
Counsel site and press stories on the winners will also be
issued widely to general media outlets. A follow-up internet
seminar will also be held featuring some of the Top 10
finalists in January 2016.
About the Learning Counsel:
The mission of the Learning Counsel is to help transform and bring order to education systems and infrastructure through sound implementation of digital curriculum strategies, engendering coordination and cooperation between teachers, administrators and publishers; ultimately helping all students everywhere become more engaged in their own learning and knowledge for life success.
SUNBURST DIGITAL ENTERS INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH PARLOR LABS
Hoffman Estates, IL – May 21, 2015: Sunburst Digital, Inc. and Parlor Labs announced a new partnership today designed to bring Ponder, a browser add-on and iOS app used to create micro-responses and annotations, to schools and districts across the nation.
Ponder is the first cloud-based “micro-response” and annotation tool that gives teachers a view into the invisible process of learning through higher-order critical thinking. Teachers and students are using Ponder to manage open-ended, self-directed learning across the Web, PDFs, and videos. Real-time radar provides teachers with an aggregated and visualized dashboard view of how students respond to a reading or video.
Higher-order thinking through inquiry based learning is often one of the hardest skills to teach students. With Ponder, learning happens when students figure out how to ask questions, not answer them. Ponder allows students to engage directly with assigned content, interest level readings, and their peers to create a collaborative setting that explicitly encourages them to think about what they are sharing in terms of how interesting it will be to their peers as well as the relevancy to classroom discussion.
Ken Leonard, chairman and CEO at Sunburst Digital commented, “We are excited to enter into a partnership with Parlor Labs an organization dedicated to creating a social reading experience that both expands the breadth of what our students are reading as well as deepens their understanding of how we engage with the world around us.”
About Parlor Labs: Parlor Labs is the creator of Ponder, the micro-response platform. Ponder is the result of ongoing collaborations with researchers and educators around the question of how to promote higher order literacy both in the classroom and beyond. Ponder’s patent-pending scaffold has been shown by an independent controlled study to substantially boost student engagement and improve the quality of in-class discussions and student work. Parlor Labs’ broader mission is to generate and visualize thoughtful data that educators can apply to their daily teaching practice in real-time.
About Sunburst Digital, Inc.: Sunburst Digital, Inc. has successfully implemented instructional technology and digital content solutions across US campuses for nearly three decades. Sunburst Digital, Inc. sells, supports, and provides ongoing services for digital curriculum solutions designed to enhance academic achievement outcomes and transform classrooms. Sunburst Digital, Inc. is comprised of brands and professionals recognized as trusted partners to districts and schools around the country. Sunburst Digital, Inc. proprietary and 3rd party products consist of : Type to Learn™, Ignite! Learning®, English Spanish Success: ESS™, Big Universe, EduSmart, Help Math, Rand McNally, StudioWeb, Clay Piggy, Ponder, Key Skills®, Learn About™, Math Pathways®, and Knowledge Adventure School™.