Conneaut School District Receives Innovation in Education Award

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The district is recognized by Lightspeed Systems for demonstrating a passion for education technology and for creating innovative learning opportunities for students

Yesterday, Conneaut School District in Pennsylvania was awarded the inaugural Innovation in Education Award, presented by Lightspeed Systems. The award recognizes school districts across the country that think outside of the box and incorporate innovative solutions into the classroom. These districts place high priority on creating collaborative learning environments and improving the educational experience for students and teachers.

Recognizing the benefits of online learning in terms of both student engagement and flexible anytime learning opportunities, Conneaut administrators began researching online curriculum options. They soon realized, however, that their own teachers were the best source of curriculum and their own resources the best content. Jarrin Sperry, Superintendent of Conneaut School District shares, “We looked at different online curriculum options and realized that we needed to use our own.”

This spirit of innovation led administrators and educators at Conneaut School District to develop curriculum and incorporate lessons into the My Big Campus platform, creating a supplemental learning opportunity for credit recovery and blended learning that maximizes student engagement and flexibility while maintaining excellent content standards and teacher-student collaboration opportunities.

Through utilizing My Big Campus, Conneaut School District has created a 24/7 online learning environment--allowing students and teachers to learn and collaborate outside of the school walls. Conneaut recognizes that by creating a blended learning environment, students receive a more quality education and a more comprehensive learning experience.

By using My Big Campus as a platform, the District is able to host its content, supplement it with vetted open educational resources, and incorporate it into engaging lessons through a suite of safe, monitored collaboration tools.

Lightspeed Systems is committed to helping districts create safe online learning environments. The company is focused on providing award-winning solutions that not only secure schools' networks, but also provide education-focused resources to make learning collaborative and engaging.

“We are honored to present Conneaut School District with the Innovation in Education award,” says Joel Heinrichs, CEO of Lightspeed Systems. “The district shares our passion for improving education and continues to inspire others with their focus on innovative educational technology. Conneaut is dedicated to creating a customized, engaging learning environment for all students. I am excited to see what they do next.”

About Lightspeed Systems
To us, education isn't an industry; it's a passion. Our solutions make it safe, secure, and easy for IT staff to give users access to resources that make learning engaging, collaborative—and real.

Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has been partnering with, listening to, and supporting IT staff in schools—making their day-to-day tasks manageable and their educational goals reachable. Today our solutions are used in more than 2,000 school districts for more than 7 million students. Our products have won numerous awards and our company has been recognized on the Inc. 5,000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies for the last five years. But more than what we've done, we're interested in what we can do, together: transform education. For more information, call 661-716-7600, or visit


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