IBM has been selected as a strategic technology partner and chief systems integrator for the classroom transformation vision of eCLASS.
All schools, from K-12 to colleges and universities, are under increased pressure to ensure that students not only graduate, but have the workforce skills to prosper in a globally competitive world.
eCLASS is one of the solution that helps to accelerate the classroom transformation vision by providing a 'flexible classroom' that will allow teachers to target instruction to house student likings, and provide learning both inside and outside of the classroom, with the goal of making education more engaging for every student.
Gwinnett County Public Schools first began working with IBM to collect and integrate data, analyze that data and report student results from kindergarten through 12th grade. Now with the launch of eCLASS, a new digital curriculum and instruction initiative, they are using an integrated solution of Cognos (News - Alert) and SPSS tools to help guide their interactions with students to improve early intervention and assist overall student achievement.
"By expanding our relationship with IBM, the five-year plan for eCLASS went from being over six months behind to well ahead of schedule in just a few months of collaboration," said Scott Futrell, Chief Information Officer, Gwinnett County Public Schools. "This fall we are launching pilots of the program in 33 schools in the Archer, Berkmar, Duluth, North Gwinnett, and Shiloh clusters, with dozens more slated to come online for the winter semester in January."
The project involves providing a 1:1 ratio of device per student, mainly through the use of student-owned devices. IBM will supervise the integration of mobile technology into the classrooms in a device agnostic way, motivating creativity and flexibility in both learning and teaching.
"Our intent is to better engage with and educate students in 'the world they live in' by incorporating digital content, games, videos, the internet, and other digital tools," said Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. "With the vision of eCLASS now ahead of schedule to be realized, GCPS can serve as a model of how effectively integrating technology into learning can transform education and provide better opportunities for our students as they move onto college and into the workforce, thereby improving our regional and national competitiveness."