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January 14, 2014

Case Study: Secrets Of Moving From Traditional To Digital Curriculums

An item from Thursday’s inbox…

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Learn How One School District is Transforming Its Curriculum in Amazing Ways
With the help of Acer Iconia W510 tablets, Wasatch County School District in Heber City, Utah, is leaving textbooks behind for a fully digital, interactive curriculum.

“Reaction from the teachers and students has been excellent. The students really love [the W510s],” said Karl Buchanan, technology director at Wasatch.

The success of the program, of course, is not simply due to choosing the right devices to use in the classroom. Wasatch set aside resources to instruct its teaching staff on how best to use computers and tablets to reach their objectives.

The W510 has opened up a range of possibilities for learning that weren’t available in traditional curriculum models. In music classes, for instance, the W510 allows teachers to not only record students’ progress, but also video proper finger placement techniques. This way, students can watch proper finger placements as they practice at home.

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“We needed to teach teachers how to handle classes and learn how to teach with the devices … to make the shift from the style of teaching with textbooks to teaching with digital content.”

-Karl Buchanan, Technology Director at Wasatch 

For more information about how to support your educational goals with Acer computers, tablets, and services, visit

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January 12, 2014

January 2014 Issue Now Online

Note the blended learning story…

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Dear Michael,Happy New Year! DA’s January issue is here with new solutions for school district management. Check out this month’s feature stories:

9 ways to better manage energy in your district

The different faces of blended learning

New Haven puts a public school in private hands

Selling schools: How one Michigan district is sharpening school marketing

Steps to budgeting your 1-to-1 program

Strategies to win your next bond issue

What’s ahead for New York City charters?

Thank you for reading this month’s issue of District Administration magazine. We hope you take this opportunity to pass along your favorite articles to school staff and fellow education leaders.Best Regards,

Daniel E. Kinnaman
District Administration

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December 9, 2013

Watch Video Overviews Of Innovative Products

From Thursday’s inbox…  Note there is one K-12 online learning item listen.

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A look at innovative products from leading vendors
In Solution Showcase, District Administration spotlights innovative solutions from leading K12 vendors with 20-minute product videos.


Edgenuity Edgenuity Provides Learning Solutions Designed with Educators and Students in Mind
Edgenuity’s Student and Educator Experiences create an engaging, efficient, empowering platform that is effective for everyone. From the robust tools that scaffold learning, to data and reporting tools that monitor student achievement, Edgenuity’s solutions make learning easier. Watch Now »
K12 Learning Manage Your Online Learning Program from Your iPhone with PEAK12 Office Mobile
With the dramatic increase in adoption of online learning programs, K12 has developed PEAK12 – an easy-to-use open technology platform designed to improve student outcomes and maximize district budgets. PEAK12 Office Mobile lets teachers, administrators, and mentors securely monitor student progress and access reports from an iPhone from anywhere. Watch Now »
Learning Inquiry by Learning‌.com Helps Students Develop 21st Century Skills Using a Project-Based Approach
Inquiry is a project-based approach to integrating digital literacy skills into core curriculum instruction for grades K to 8. This exciting new curriculum, developed by Learning‌.com, helps students develop 21st century skills such as collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. Watch Now »
Lexia Lexia Reading Core5: An Essential Component of Every Reading Curriculum
Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test. Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and the most rigorous state standards, this research-proven, technology-based approach accelerates reading skills development, predicts students’ year-end performance and provides teachers data-driven action plans to help differentiate instruction. Watch Now »
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November 8, 2013

Did You Miss Any Of Our Recent Web Seminars

Another item from District Administration, this time from Tuesday’s inbox…

DA Web Seminar Series
Did you miss any of our recent web seminars?
Catch up with all our events on demand.

Implementing Blended Learning District-Wide
Sponsored by K12 Inc.
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Blended Learning: Emphasis on Learning
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Learning in the Cloud with Google Chromebooks
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Critical Insights. Timely Information. Free RegistrationDistrict Administration produces Web seminars on topics of critical importance in the K12 arena. Featuring the leadership insights of key education and industry experts, these live events are free of charge for viewers. District Administration Web seminars are moderated by DA’s Web seminar director, Kurt Eisele-Dyrli, and are sponsored by leading solutions providers and technology innovators.
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November 6, 2013

Designing Curriculum For Blended Learning Success. Register Now.

From Monday’s inbox…

DA Web Seminar Series
Selecting Digital Curricula to Complement Blended Learning Models
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 2pm ET
Blended learning is a growing trend, with the Center for Digital Education estimating that K-12 public education has invested nearly $10 billion in blended learning in 2013 alone.

With the proliferation of digital curricula choices in every subject, how can educators make prudent decisions to create the best possible blended learning classrooms? Just like print curricula, digital curricula should be evaluated in light of its alignment with relevant Common Core and other standards to most effectively achieve goals and boost achievement. But, there are many other factors to consider.

Attend this web seminar to cut through the confusion, and participate in a discussion of best practices for digital curricula selection that highlights the most critical aspects educators must consider when allocating resources.

Topics will include:

  • Ensuring that educators understand how the digital curricula specifically supports classroom needs
  • Deciding how often and in what format student assessment will take place
  • How to choose software that works with your device strategy and technology infrastructure

Dr. Tim Hudson -
Senior Director of Curriculum Design
DreamBox Learning

Who will benefit:

Superintendents, K-5 curriculum directors, technology directors, principals and others involved with blended learning initiatives. Anyone may attend.

Continuing Education Certification:

All attendees of this live web seminar will receive confirmation of their participation, which may be used for purposes of CEU certification where applicable.

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