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October 13, 2021

Buzz Feed News – How A Virtual Classroom Company Made Millions On Software That Left Many Students Feeling Abandoned

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This scrolled through my Twitter feed the other day.

The actual article began…

How A Virtual Classroom Company Made Millions On Software That Left Many Students Feeling Abandoned

Edgenuity offers to help schools pivot from “brick to click” during the pandemic, but to many parents, teachers, and students, the cost-saving program comes at the expense of a quality education.

Posted on October 11, 2021, at 8:44 a.m. ET

At the start of the first pandemic school year, Angie Richardson sat beside her 13-year-old daughter, Sharon, in their Northport, Alabama, home as she watched lessons and completed assignments on a computer program called Edgenuity, which the Tuscaloosa County School System had purchased to provide a remote learning curriculum for students. When Richardson got COVID-19 later that fall, leaving her too sick to oversee her daughter’s schooling, Sharon had to navigate the virtual courses on her own.

That shouldn’t have been a problem: The software, which cost the district $370,000 during the 2020–2021 school year, provided no live instruction from a teacher but promised “on-demand tutoring” available six days a week.

But Richardson and other parents soon found that Edgenuity tutors were often unresponsive, sometimes for hours at a time. Another Tuscaloosa parent, Terri Burnette, recalled her son waiting for hours after clicking the “Tutoring Help” button when he got stuck on a math question about measuring angles. “But nobody came,” she said.

To continue reading, click https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/carolineodonovan/edgenuity-education-technology-virtual-classrooms-pandemic

Be sure to check out the whole article, as it underscores an important difference between real online learning and the kind of databased-driven, teacherless learning that was passed off during the pandemic.

February 2, 2017

Prepare Your Students For High-Stakes Tests

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Learn more about UpSmart for test readiness.

Edgenuity UpSmart

Online test readiness for grades 6–8

Now more than ever it can be difficult for educators to give students the targeted instruction they need to achieve success on high-stakes exams. Designed by educators for today’s busy classrooms, UpSmart empowers students and assists teachers by providing the right level of instruction and practice on each topic for each student.

UpSmart unpacks standards into key skills, organizes those skills into meaningful progressions, and allows students to “level up” through a series of student-friendly topics toward standards mastery in math and reading. Meanwhile, educators are given ongoing standards-based reports that pinpoint specific skills, so they can address learning deficits more accurately and efficiently than ever before.

Explore the methodology behind UpSmart’s curriculum and instruction. DOWNLOAD
Read the research that informed the development of UpSmart. DOWNLOAD
Learn more about UpSmart in our brochure. DOWNLOAD
 

 

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Edgenuity
8860 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

January 28, 2017

Edgenuity Unveils UpSmart

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Prepare your students for high-stakes tests.

Unveiling Edgenuity UpSmart

LEARN MORE

Online test readiness for grades 6–8

Many students struggle to connect the skills they learn in class with the way those skills are presented on high-stakes assessments, especially when the tests have technology-enhanced items your students may not have encountered before. That’s why Edgenuity is proud to unveil UpSmart.

What is UpSmart? UpSmart is the first fully adaptive program designed to prepare your middle school students for high-stakes tests using personalized and adaptive practice, assessment, and instruction.

LEARN MORE

 

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Edgenuity
8860 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

May 12, 2016

Hear How Online Learning Is Used At This District

Yet another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

Register now

Hear How Online Learning Is Used at Tift County School District

Join our webinar to discover how this innovative Georgia district has implemented online and blended learning at its middle and high schools. Tift County School District is also launching a new virtual academy for students in grades six through twelve that will roll out for the 2016–2017 school year.

As part of Edgenuity’s Profiles in Blended Learning series, district leaders will share how their online programs got started and have evolved over time to meet the needs of their students and curriculum.


Blended Learning at Tift County School District, Georgia

Wednesday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presented by
Dana Spurlin, Instructional Technology Director
Brandelyn House, Online Learning Coordinator
LaShonda Flanders, Curriculum Director Grades 6–12

Register now

Our mailing address is:

Edgenuity
8860 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

April 7, 2016

See How This District Uses Online Learning

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Register now

See How This District Uses Online Learning

Join our webinar to discover how this Arizona district has implemented online learning. Casa Grande Elementary District provides content recovery in four core subjects throughout the school day to help middle school students close learning gaps.

As part of Edgenuity’s Profiles in Blended Learning series, district leaders will share how the program got started, how they measure success, and how they have also used blended learning to solve other challenges.


Blended Learning at Casa Grande Elementary District, Arizona

Wednesday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presented by
Dr. Barbara Wright, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Sandi Schroeder, District Academic Specialist
Stacy Gray, District Academic Specialist
Scott Raymond, Assistant Principal at Villago Middle School

Register now

Our mailing address is:

Edgenuity
8860 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

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