Digital curricula give teachers tools to build thinking and academic success skills in a collaborative environment

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SUCCESS STORY

Digital curricula give teachers tools to build thinking and academic success skills in a collaborative environment

Legacy Academy Elizabeth, Colorado

 

Legacy Academy turned around from the brink of closing to build a technology integrated K-8 public charter school. Using a one-to-one learning model, each student was given an iPad to interact with digital curricula and collaborate with fellow students, helping them build critical thinking and academic success skills. Teachers guided students in their learning objectives, but gave students the freedom to also discover information on their own. The school has been so successful that there is now a waiting list to attend the school.

Established in 1997, Legacy Academy in Elizabeth, Colorado set out to offer residents an alternative to traditional public school by creating a public charter school. At first the school grew and thrived, but by 2011 so many students had left that administrators and the board of directors were planning to close the school within the year. However, once they identified the key problem, which was an outdated and unengaging curriculum, they decided to change their mission and offer something completely different than the other public schools. Their mission was revamped to provide students with collaborative and hands-on learning opportunities in all academic areas through the use of technology. With this new mission, the challenges they faced were to implement hardware, wireless networks, and find a suitable digital curriculum.

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