Cabarrus County Schools in North Carolina partners with company to customize alignment of digital learning resources to curriculum
Cincinnati, OH – August 18, 2014 – As more districts shift from print to digital learning resources, many administrators are looking to ease the transition for teachers and students by aligning curriculum with high quality and relevant digital content. With more than 30,000 students in 39 schools, Cabarrus County Schools in North Carolina is paving the way for digital conversions through its partnership with Knovation. This fall, the district will utilize Knovation’s new Curriculum Services to guide its transition by providing tailored digital content for science, math and English language arts (ELA) classes.
Looking to move from traditional textbooks to flexible and rigorous online digital content, Cabarrus County turned to icurio, a learning engagement solution from Knovation that supports blended learning environments. With district-wide access to icurio across elementary, middle and high schools beginning in August, Cabarrus County is also working with the company’s Curriculum Services team to align digital resources to the district’s specific curriculum for core subject areas and grade levels to ensure that content is age-, grade- and context-appropriate.
“Although there are plenty of free resources available online, the challenge comes in vetting, tagging and aligning digital content to a district’s established curriculum,” said Dr. Jason Van Heukelum, deputy superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools. “With icurio, we can provide curated, tailored content that is easily accessible to teachers and meets the demands for all of our K-12 units and lessons.”
The new service combines Knovation’s content expertise with the depth of its Learning Resource Library, featuring hundreds of thousands of digital learning resources, which are aligned to and delivered through a district-specific scope and sequence built directly into icurio. Cabarrus County has utilized Knovation Curriculum Services in general science, biology, chemistry, Earth and environmental science, math and ELA courses across multiple grade levels, with more custom curriculum planned for additional grades and subjects in the near future.
“When transitioning from print to digital resources, districts place a high priority on alignment to their academic initiatives and curriculum documents,” said Joe Grieshop, president and managing officer at Knovation. “With our Curriculum Services, districts receive the best educational resources that are expertly matched to their curriculum.”
Led by doctoral-level content managers, Knovation’s Curriculum Services team partners with each district to understand its unique curriculum, instruction and assessment strategies and objectives. By reviewing district curriculum, building a digital organizational structure and aligning resources to curriculum maps and pacing guides, Knovation’s content managers customize learning resources for each district and ease the transition from print to digital curriculum for teachers, students and parents. Through Curriculum Services, Knovation helps districts meet their instructional goals by providing a comprehensive approach to customized digital curriculum.
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 www.knovationlearning.com.