Farwest 1506856841

California Public School District Hopes to Offer Online Curriculum

This school within a larger high school district is looking for a way to provide online curriculum for their students. They need to host at least two years of curriculum online.

State: California Number of Students: 9,762
School Type: Public School District Free and Reduced Lunch: 35.9%
Grade Level: 9-Adult English Language Learners: 14.7%

School Context

This school district is opening up a new high school and its focus is on technology, engineering and design. It also is going to focus on CTE, working with community colleges to support enrolled students by offering dual credit classes. They have received a a CTE focused grant that will help them build a strong curriculum to support their students. They serve a wide variety of students from very wealthy to the communities neediest students and many do not have a lot of resources available them.


State of Technology

The school's focus is to have strong partnerships with community colleges and to offer at least two years on online curriculum. They plan to have faculty be deeply involved in course creation and implementing new instructional models like flipped and station rotation in order to make learning more personal for these students. They need a tool to help them manage online curriculum. They are looking for a new LMS or CMS that can organize, store, deliver and manage our curriculum in a centralized way across our school/district. By successfully implementing this tool, we believe our new approach to delivering content will lead to better use of class time, leading to better academic results.

The traditional model they have varies by site, and the teachers and faculty cannot adequately implement personalized learning. It would be far too cumbersome on the staff.


Tech Needs & Requirements

This school will be a model school within the district by having the ability to be flexible in time and differentiation. They would like to be the pilot for the district with personalized learning models using technology to support this. The tool should host or connect to a repository of third-party content and user-generated content can be uploaded to the system. If the tool provides an authoring tool for creating content that would be a nice to have. The tool should provide a lesson and resource repository for teachers to share and house content. Ideally, teachers can create different paths for each student or group of students.

It would be nice to have a student profile for managing personal information. The tool should have a personalized learning plan that outlines past, current and future assignments, activities and assessments. There should be access to content within the LMS, including lessons and assessments. It would be nice if there was a way for students' to see progress towards goals. The tool should provide a way for students to view teacher feedback sent through the LMS. The tool should provide social or collaborative functions for groups of students. It would be nice to have electronic portfolios of student work. Content will need to be aligned to CCSS, NGSS, California Social Studies and CTE.

Feedback is very important to this school. They would like to have the ability for teachers to provide feedback to students within the tool after a learning activity has completed. They would also like their to be communication features within the tool to support asynchronous and synchronous communication.

The school would like there to be a way to assess students within the tool. They would like to have the ability to support students by having them demonstrate mastery in a variety of ways. It would be nice to have the tool be able to facilitate the creation of assessments, faculty to be able to tag standards and to upload or create rubrics within the tool.

Students should be able to easily access content and operate with a high level of agency. They should be able to access content and progress through the learning maps in an intuitive way.

A central repository for teachers to host content will be a very nice feature. Teachers will help facilitate and curate online learning, monitoring student progress, helping individual students as needed. Teachers will lead small group instruction as well.

Faculty should be able to deliver content online. Students and faculty should be able to track student progress. There should be a robust feedback mechanism within the tool. The tool should have content with ability to be tagged with appropriate standards. The tool must be compatible with Chromebooks. The school provides Chromebooks 1:1. The most important data for this school is being able to track student progress toward goals. The tool must integrate with Infinite Campus and School Loop.

*Content From 2016

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