Classrooms of the Future Coming to Jerseyville: Students to Learn from Mobile Learning Devices, Digital Textbooks

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Jersey CUSD 100 teams with Pearson 1:1 Learning for major tech move to help teachers prepare every student for college and careers.

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Committed to preparing students for success from home room to the board room, Jerseyville schools Superintendent Ed Settles today announced a major partnership with Pearson’s 1:1 Learning that will overhaul the traditional classroom. This solution brings effective personalized and connected learning to scale for all students and educators in Jerseyville.

Jersey Community Unit School District 100 plans to provide a technology device such as a laptop computer for every 5th grade through 12th grade teacher by Fall of 2013 as part of a major move designed to better prepare students for college studies and future careers. Educators will begin using the new technology to teach students in every class starting in the 2013-14 school year as the district’s mobile learning program swings into gear. Teachers soon will be trained to incorporate technology and customize lesson plans based on student achievement data, which will be available in real-time as students are working on assignments, into their day-to-day instruction.

Students in 5th to 12th grades will receive a mobile learning device by the start of the 2013-14 school year, and the district goal is for all students to have mobile devices and the digital learning programs by 2017.

“The days of kids sitting in rows with the teacher disseminating information are over,” Superintendent Settles said in describing his excitement about providing one-to-one learning for students. “We needed to move forward and instruct in a way that students learn best, using tools of their time. In doing so, our entire District 100 community will benefit as we move our children’s classrooms and learning forward into the digital age.”

Settles added that the school district chose to work with Pearson on the landmark initiative because, “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Pearson without question has the resources and the years of research to be our partner on this. Seeing the engagement and excitement in the learner is what spurred me on.”

The district is evaluating mobile learning devices to select those that will best meet students’ educational needs. The district has not yet decided which mobile devices the students will receive, and Kindergarten through 4th grade students may receive tactile-based devices.

Pearson’s 1:1 Learning applies a research-based 1:1 Learning Framework to help districts successfully start and run mobile learning programs. Pearson 1:1 Learning will provide Jersey CUSD 100 with training to help teachers and staff with the shift to digital learning. Pearson will help with the implementation of the program, including with planning and managing of the massive project and providing a robust digital curriculum and student achievement and assessment systems. The digital curriculum will include electronic textbooks, including Prentice Hall Mathematics, to help students master the rigorous new Common Core subjects.

“Educators in Jerseyville are leading the charge to provide classroom tools and skills to meet students in the digital environment where they live, using technology to enrich the learning experience in a way never before possible,” said Scott Drossos, Senior Vice President of Pearson’s 1:1 Learning. “We will stand side by side with Mr. Settles and his team to help Jersey CUSD 100 schools make the move to digital as they prepare students for college and the technology-driven workforce of tomorrow. This is about the future of the children of Jerseyville and the well-being and prosperity of the entire JCUSD100 community. Mr. Settles has that future firmly in sight, and we are happy to stand with him and the community as partners.”

Pearson 1:1 Learning works closely with school districts making the transition to digital learning with instructional programs on laptops, iPads, and other devices. Educators can use interactive texts, videos, animations and other features in digital instructional programs to provide more dynamic, personalized lessons with assessment tools that determine in real-time each student’s level of performance to help teachers quickly identify academic strengths and weaknesses.

Pearson offers a wide range of mobile learning solutions for schools like those in District 100. Pearson’s digital learning programs are built on decades of expertise and research in effective teaching and learning and are aligned with the new Common Core standards. More than 300 of Pearson’s instructional programs in math, reading, science and other subjects for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade include etexts now available for classrooms. The etexts are highly adaptive to each student’s learning needs and include features to digitally highlight, take notes, bookmark, quickly look up definitions, link to relevant topics, get audio and video support, and more.

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