Making it clear to students how course concepts apply to real life situations inspires intrinsic motivation and a thirst for knowledge.
San Francisco, CA and Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 08, 2012
Toolwire®, a leading provider of online Experiential Learning solutions, today announced a collaboration with Florida Virtual School (FLVS®), an accredited, public, online e-learning school serving students in grades Kindergarten-12 worldwide. The goal of this collaboration is to prepare FLVS students for tomorrow’s careers by providing them with the real world skills that they need to be successful in a workplace environment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer science jobs are expected to grow 37 percent from 2000 to 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations. Most companies seek individuals with real world experience and certifications such as Adobe® Certified Expert (ACE). The FLVS InteractiveScenarios for Web Design provide students a combination of “virtual internship” experience through immersive scenarios and hard skills training on Adobe Creative Suite® 6 that will help students seeking to pass Adobe certification exams.
“Most middle and high schools provide students experiential learning opportunities through traditional methods such as field trips and speakers,” commented Cameron D. Crowe, Executive Vice-President at Toolwire. “This approach can be time consuming, hard to assess, tough to scale, and expensive. For institutions such as FLVS tasked with serving greater numbers of students than ever before, the challenge is even more daunting. Toolwire offers an extremely attractive way to provide authentic experiential learning opportunities that are engaging, scalable, and provide built-in assessment and remediation mechanisms.”
As part of this solution, Toolwire, as authorized in the FLVS license agreement with Adobe, will host Adobe Creative Suite 6 on its cloud-based platform enabling students to access the Web design software via any browser. In addition, these desktops come with built-in instructional lab guides that provide step-by-step training on how to perform specific tasks within Adobe.
One of the integral aspects of this project is the Toolwire StudentDesktop - a fully functional Windows desktop accessible to both Mac and PC users. Toolwire and FLVS teams incorporated student feedback during the co-creation process. In fact, a FLVS student designed the desktop background. Involving students in the development process from the outset will make this solution that much more engaging and effective.
With one click, students can instantly toggle from Adobe Creative Suite 6 to a scenario that immerses students in an illustrated virtual workplace environment with engaging characters and storylines. A unique aspect of these scenarios is Toolwire’s “Natural Assessment” instructional design, which provides a higher-order, multi-branching structure that challenges students to practice decision-making and critical thinking skills in contextually relevant, real-world settings.
The Web Design scenarios place students in the role of an intern at a fictitious non-profit organization and challenge them to create a website that highlights environmental issues in their own community. By carefully incorporating learning by doing and exploration, these Scenarios are a great complement to the FLVS student-centered, self-paced approach, which gives students more control over how and when they learn.
“Making it clear to students how course concepts apply to real life situations inspires intrinsic motivation and a thirst for knowledge,” commented John Logan, FLVS Vice President of Curriculum Innovation. “If we are able to spark student curiosity and hook them on learning through these immersive experiences, then our students are much more likely to take control of their learning journey, complete their coursework, and achieve success in school and their careers.”
About Florida Virtual School
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an established leader in developing and providing virtual Kindergarten-12 education solutions to students all over Florida, the United States and the world. A nationally recognized e-Learning model and recipient of numerous awards, FLVS was founded in 1997 and was the country's first, state-wide Internet-based public high school. Today, FLVS serves students in grades Kindergarten-12 and provides a variety of custom solutions for schools and districts to meet student needs. For more information, please visit http://www.flvs.net.
Toolwire is a learning solutions provider specializing in products and services for Experiential Learning. Serving global leaders in Higher Education and Enterprise, Toolwire’s core competencies include developing digital media educational content and providing Learning-as-a-Service that fully supports the needs of learning institutions. Toolwire’s immersive learning environments provide the quickest, most effective way to develop skills and enhance student success. These innovative learning solutions enable organizations to provide "virtual internships" across a broad range of subjects including Health Care, Business, Information Technology, First Year Experience / Orientation, and more.
Toolwire is a recent recipient of the National University Network (NUTN) Distance Education Innovation Award (Corporate Division) and was named to the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing private companies.