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Setting your Teachers & Learners for Success — With One Single Scalable Solution
October 28, 2020

Finding a single, scalable solution for digital learning has been incredibly difficult for K-12 leaders.

From the start of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, many districts were challenged by lack of access to the appropriate technology, teacher training and, in some cases, broadband internet access to deliver virtual lessons.

THE PROBLEM K-12 FACE WITH GOING ONLINE

Stakeholders often look to get the most greatest number of devices or applications in a platform. [1] That’s no guarantee the platform will work best within a specific district. It can also be hard evendifficult to create a short list of platforms with over 2,300 tools on the market. [2]

Bureaucracy can also impede procurement, exacerbating school districts’ limited resources, a lack of stakeholder communications and confusing and often conflicting information about best products and practices.

And last-minute decisions to switch learning platforms have left teachers scrambling, too. In one case, the a school board voted at 2 a.m. to drop its K-12 learning platform and notified principals in a 7:41 a.m. email that same morning to tell teachers how to start using a new platform. [3]

Parents had complained in the spring that it was too difficult to navigate the many different platforms teachers used. District officials also said it was hard to track how engaged a student was online beyond a one-time log-in. [4]

A national survey by communications platform ClassTag of more than 1,200 K-12 teachers, taken in mid-March, revealed that more than half (56.7%) of the teachers say they are, “not prepared to facilitate remote learning.” [5] Pair that finding with the survey result that a plurality of teachers (42.8%) say they alone are responsible for deciding what remote/online tools they will use, and you have a bleak picture. [6] 

One expert has recommended a Digital Learning Ambassador Corps — an idea that the Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 National Broadband Plan first proposed to help everyone. [7] The corps could be trained using expanded allocations of Title I, youth employment and National Service Corps funds, and put to work in the 30 largest — and largely most diverse — school districts, according to education writer Valerie Strauss. [8]

Optimists say it’s about time e-learning found its fulfillment, as heart-rending as today’s circumstances are. E-learning will help lay the foundation to tap into new classroom technology opportunities, while at the same time enhance learning outcomes 365 days a year, according to one tech expert. [9] If done properly, with security, proper training and other details addressed, e-learning can create new opportunities for students and teachers to improve learning outcomes.

AMESITE OFFERS ONEHOW TO GET A SINGLE SCALABLE SOLUTION

Amesite offers all of the functionalities to teach any online course – lectures, labs, workbooks and streaming video – on a single, easy to use platform. How does this solve the riddle of elearning for teachers? Drag and drop simplicity in course building, course management and communications. And for parents and kids? Artificial intelligence drives the platform, serving up fresh content in every course. Announcements and reminders are a breeze.

For administrators, the Amesite platform tracks engagement by users, taking the guesswork out of whether elearning is going well and giving actionable data for improvement. And Amesite integrates with 1000s of APIs, too, to allow tools work together easily.

Schools can hit the easy button with Amesite, and scale a whole-course curriculum in 30 days.

  • Safe and secure.
  • A branded, customized platform that’s scalable and cost-effective. 
  • An engaging platform that proves the value of online learning.
  • Integrated content and digital backbone buying in one.
  • Service setup in 24 hours.
  • Complete customer support on an easy-to-use platform that reduces administrative burdens.
  • Best-in-class technology that offers all tools in one place.

Our Amesite’s architecture enables us to achieve full integration of best-in-class tools and custom-built features, delivering on-demand and as-needed, such as leading calendar platform integrations, and high quality, encrypted video calling. We believe that online learning products are essential for accessibility, engagement and scalability for educational institutions. All stakeholders have a right to demand excellence in learning software – and Amesite delivers.


[1] Global Digital Citizen Foundation. Jan. 15, 2019. “How to Choose the Right EdTech Platforms for Your School.” https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/choose-right-edtech-platforms-school/amp Accessed 26 October 2020.

[2] Global Digital Citizen Foundation. Jan. 15, 2019. “How to Choose the Right EdTech Platforms for Your School.” https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/choose-right-edtech-platforms-school/amp Accessed 26 October 2020.

[3] Miami Herald. Sept. 20, 2020. “Miami is Done with K12 Platform, but Teachers Scrambled when Lessons Disappeared.” https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article245619095.html Accessed 26 October 2020.

[4] Miami Herald. Sept. 20, 2020. “Miami is Done with K12 Platform, but Teachers Scrambled when Lessons Disappeared.” https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article245619095.html  Accessed 26 October 2020.

[5] Forbes. May 26, 2020. “Most Teachers Say They are Not Prepared to Teach Online.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/dereknewton/2020/03/26/most-teachers-say-they-are-not-prepared-to-teach-online/ - 5d2807a17f2c  Accessed 26 October 2020. 

[6] Forbes. May 26, 2020. “Most Teachers Say They are Not Prepared to Teach Online.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/dereknewton/2020/03/26/most-teachers-say-they-are-not-prepared-to-teach-online/ - 5d2807a17f2c  Accessed 26 October 2020.

[7] The Washington Post. Sept. 23, 2020. “A Novel Proposal to Help Millions of Kids Struggling with Online School. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/09/23/novel-proposal-help-millions-kids-struggling-with-online-school/ Accessed 27 October 2020.

[8] The Washington Post. Sept. 23, 2020. “A Novel Proposal to Help Millions of Kids Struggling with Online School. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/09/23/novel-proposal-help-millions-kids-struggling-with-online-school/ Accessed 27 October 2020.

[9] My Tech Decision. July 2, 2020. “With e-Learning Platforms, School Districts are Building the Foundation for Better Outcomes.” https://mytechdecisions.com/mobility/e-learning-schools-better-outcomes/  Accessed 27 October 2020.