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Growing Number of Texas School Districts Leverage itslearning to Support 1:1 Initiatives, Blended Learning Experiences

To meet the demands of offering more student-centered learning, two districts in Texas have recently selected itslearning as their single, end-to-end teaching and learning platform. The highly regarded learning management system is quickly becoming an integral part of 1:1 initiatives and blended learning models in Clear Creek and Huffman Independent School Districts (ISD). These districts join Houston and Spring Branch ISDs who implemented the digital learning platform last year.

Designed specifically for the K-12 sector, itslearning is a leading, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that helps teachers make education more inspiring and valuable for today’s students anytime, anywhere and on any device. As a student-centered learning environment, itslearning gives teachers, students and parents access, as appropriate, to course materials, assignments, communities for collaboration, professional development tools and student progress reports. The platform’s personalized dashboards give teachers a way to quickly and easily share instructional resources, assignments and activities, and assessments with students and parents.

“Educators are envisioning a new type of learning environment where students can take ownership of their learning and where ongoing learning breaks free from a set schedule,” said itslearning vice president of sales and marketing, Matt Dobosh. “Our flexibility and pure performance advantages allow for that student ownership of learning and personalization to take place.  We also offer educators the ability to access a vast online library of content and resources, alignment to current standards and the capacity for students to create, not just consume content, during their learning. In short, we make educators’ vision a reality through just one interface.”

Joining Houston ISD in implementing the personalized learning platform is Clear Creek ISD. Andrea Winters, the district’s director of learning technology, participated in the evaluation process. “I was immediately impressed with the platform’s interface, streamlined curriculum management functionality and its focus on proven, data-driven pedagogical strategies that drive student-centered learning seamlessly,” she said.

HISD selected the best-in-class platform in 2014 to consolidate all its digital resources into one web-based, single sign-on resource. Rebranded the “PowerUp: HUB” or “the HUB” to fit in with the district’s overall initiative, the content-agnostic, open-sourced platform enables HISD to host a wide range of third-party digital content and different file format types that support active learning, flipped classrooms, project-based learning and other forms of learner-centered instruction. The HUB supports IMS open standards to eliminate the need for customized integration of various platforms.

“We have a remarkable partner in itslearning,” added Winters.  “From the superintendent’s office to the students, we share a vision that education is about providing engaging learning practices that suit everyone’s needs. They are a very innovative company that takes both a professional and a personal approach when catering to a district’s needs and proposing a functional and flexible solution based on those needs. With this partnership, itslearning will enable us to enhance teaching and learning by making it personal, not just personalized.”

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