Texas District Launches Interactive Curriculum System
Grand Prairie Independent School District (GPISD), located in a suburb of Dallas, announced it has become the first district in the United States to launch Time To Know, a teaching platform specifically geared to 1:1 school computing programs.
The software offers standards-based reading/language arts and mathematics curricula along with tools for classroom management, planning, and assessment. In addition, Time To Know features collaboration tools, including open-ended explorations, that allow students to develop a deeper, more intuitive understanding of the material and to build their teamwork and problem-solving skills.
Susan Simpson, superintendent of GPISD, remarked that the most impressive feature of the software is how it engages students. "When students are engaged," she explained, "they take more ownership in the learning process, they gain a deeper understanding of essential concepts and skills, attendance improves, and there are fewer discipline problems."
Simpson said the district has realized several benefits thus far from its use of Time To Know. "We are seeing active classrooms where students are excited and motivated to learn, and teachers are enjoying their role as a mentor and coach," said Simpson.
Based in Tel Aviv, Time To Know said it introduced what it calls its "digital teaching platform" in the United States after seeing positive results from its use in Israeli schools. The company said the solution is adaptable to the standards of every state. More information about the educational research used to design and develop the software can be found here.
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