Largest Geographic School District in Eastern U.S. Adopts Knovation’s Personalized Digital Curriculum Solution Across the District
More than 30,000 students across 45 schools will gain access to customized digital content and unique learning tools of icurio
Cincinnati, OH – August 27, 2013 – Knovation, the leader in advanced, personalized learning solutions, today announced that its flagship digital curriculum solution for personalized learning – icurio – will be implemented district-wide across the Baldwin County School District in Alabama, which serves the largest geographic area east of the Mississippi River. As a result, icurio will now be available to more than 30,000 students across 45 schools, providing students with safe, relevant digital content to support project-based learning, differentiation, and more. This significant subscription expansion follows the successful adoption of icurio during a preliminary district rollout to 8,000 students across seven high schools and one elementary school.
As the only digital curriculum content solution that delivers a comprehensive collection of 330,000 digital learning resources aligned to state and Common Core standards, Knovation’s icurio enables districts to bridge from fixed traditional content to flexible digital content that helps teachers and students effectively use technology in the learning process. icurio also addresses the unique learning needs of all members of the school community, including general education students, English Language Learners, gifted students, students working below or above grade level and those having reading challenges or other special needs.
“We are very pleased to offer students and teachers the best content in the world, organized and vetted through icurio. It is a huge hit with both teachers and students and we’re working with parents to show them how it can be an asset at home for assistance with homework and study,” said. Dr. Alan T. Lee, superintendent.
icurio was first implemented during the 2012-13 school year as a strategic component of the school system’s Digital Renaissance Program, a district-wide initiative to provide world-class resources that help students learn and compete for the best jobs in the world. The district provides each middle and high student with an Apple Mac Book Air. Studies indicate a higher probability of student engagement and learning success when children are provided with the 21st century tools they will work with after graduation.
“We are thrilled to be a part of Baldwin County School System’s innovative Digital Renaissance Program. Its focus on student-centered, interactive and collaborative learning is the perfect match for icurio’s digital content solution. Together, we are making 21st century learning environments a reality,” said Joe Grieshop, president and managing officer of Knovation.
Baldwin County School District has committed to ensuring the use of technology every day among all K-12 students and has incorporated tools including icurio throughout its classrooms to underscore this commitment. Knovation is also providing professional learning services as part of Baldwin County’s Digital Renaissance Leadership Academy, which provides professional learning to teachers on how to incorporate project and problem-based learning in instruction. As part of the Academy teachers are using icurio to support personalized learning and student research within their project-based units.
“As we work to transform our curriculum and instruction with both changes in pedagogy and our move to a 1:1 [each student with a laptop computer] learning environment, icurio plays an important part in helping our educators plan and differentiate our challenge-based learning projects,” explained Janice Simon, Instructional Transformation Specialist for Baldwin County Public Schools. “The curation of the content assists teachers and students with efficient access to the best digital learning resources available. For example, with a simple click we can find robust digital materials for any readability level, which really helps us address individual student needs.”
icurio provides engaging resources that help students feel excited about learning and easy access to problem-solving, small group and individualized activities to support the district’s curriculum. Using unique personalized learning tools such as the Read Aloud text-to-speech feature for auditory support and the dictionary/translation tool, icurio has enabled Baldwin County students to become independent learners, improve comprehension and attain a higher level of success. Whether a student is struggling with a specific subject, is an English language learner, or is in need of enrichment, icurio provides a wide variety of tools and techniques to help students get back on track or stay on track.
Since 1999, Knovation has delivered on the promise to do something good for kids, every day, by helping districts meet the needs of diverse K-12 learners in blended digital learning environments.
Knovation makes it easy to find, manage, and use free digital content for learning by professionally evaluating, standards aligning and continuously maintaining a collection of over 360,000 digital resources covering all subjects and all grades. Knovation’s collection can be accessed through the company’s award-winning solutions (netTrekker and icurio) or through custom integration with several instructional or assessment platforms. For more information, please visit knovationlearning.com.