21st century learning for every child, every day

In this day and age, you hear a lot in the news about education. You hear about dropout rates, low graduation rates, technology use, 21st century learning, college and workforce readiness, etc. During my many years at SAS working with the education industry, I have heard and witnessed a lot. This is why, when I see and hear so many negative things going on in education, I have a desire to show the opposite - highlight a school district where teachers and students are doing things differently and achieving amazing results.

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about a video contest that we did with Mooresville Graded School District (NC). For this contest, we asked classes in grades 4-12 to submit videos about how technology has changed the way they learn. Incorporating clips from the student created videos, video interviews from Mooresville admistration, staff and students, and location footage, we created an exciting video that showcases the district’s different and innovative way of teaching and getting students engaged. This video gives the teachers and student’s perspective on how their digital conversion has dramatically enhanced teaching and learning throughout their district. It shows how MGSD thought outside the box, challenged the status quo, and executed on a focused vision of “Every Child Every Day.”

As a result, not only are their teachers inspired and students excited to learn, but they have achieved substantial performance gains at the district, school, and most importantly – student levels.

As you watch, I know what you will be thinking, in this age of budget cuts and a tight economy – HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST? Well, I will not spoil it; you have to watch to the end to see and hear that answer. But, I tell you this - you will be amazed! Then you will wonder just as I did – WHY AREN’T MORE DISTRICTS DOING THE SAME THING?

tags: 1-to-1 laptop initiative 1:1, digital conversion, education, educational technology, k-12, mooresville graded school district, student video, technology in education

2 Comments

  1. Posted October 5, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Georgia
    We are interested to post your articles/video of this topic on our blog. (www.classroom-aid.com/blog)
    And SAS curriculum pathways (http://www.sas.com/govedu/edu/curriculum/features.html#core) are known for free educational resources, do you have any post about how teachers utilize it ?

    Thanks.
    Jessie

  2. Georgia Mariani Georgia Mariani
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Jessie,
    Thanks so much for your post. I am excited that you are interested in posting my content on your blog.

    I don't have a post that about SAS Curriculum Pathways and how it has been used. Thanks for the idea. I will have to work on that one.

    Given that, I included a new YouTube video that we just created. It has two schools discussing their SAS Curriculum Pathways usage. You will hear from administration, teachers and students.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj274Dl7SG8

    I also included some customer success stories and some webcasts that talk about how they are using the resources.
    http://www.sas.com/govedu/edu/curriculum/customers.html
    http://www.sas.com/govedu/edu/curriculum/webcasts.html

    Thanks again!
    Georgia

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