Two Baltimore-based companies partner to deploy thousands of tablet computers across the country to enable 1:1 computing for low-income students.
Over the next several months, Learn It Systems anticipates providing over 7,000 students with tablet computing devices to help improve their academic achievement through its intensive online intervention program Learn It Online. In order to meet this daunting task, Learn It has partnered with Baltimore-based system integrator Barcoding, Inc. to provide asset management and enterprise mobility management.
Last year, Barcoding supported Learn It’s deployment of 7,100 tablet computing devices to students in Illinois, Texas, Florida and Nebraska. According to Russell Lum, Learn It’s vice president of technology; “Putting tablets into the hands of students across the country in a timely manner presents many logistical challenges. Barcoding has been instrumental in helping us solve those challenges and implement a large-scale, one-to-one computing program in a relatively short period of time. We are now in the beginning stages of our second rollout with Barcoding and look forward to what the partnership will bring.”
Martin Jack, CTO, Barcoding, said, “Working with Learn It Systems has given Barcoding a unique opportunity for using our expertise in asset management. We are honored to help a community-minded, educational organization gain new efficiencies, while making sure that children have the tools needed to improve their academic performance.”
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Ms. Jerrelle Francios life’s work in education celebrated with a lifetime achievement award from Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).
A longtime Learn It executive, Ms. Jerrelle Francois received the Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary work as an advocate for improving school communication with parents and the community at the 2013 CUBE Annual Conference in San Antonio.
Ms. Francois is currently a education consultant with Learn It System. She served on the school board of the Baltimore City Public Schools from 2004 to 2013. One of Francois’ proudest accomplishments on the board was her work on developing a new 10-year strategic plan which launched an aggressive reform effort to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college, career training, and life success in the 21st century.
The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals who demonstrate a long-standing commitment to the educational needs of urban schoolchildren through school board service. Benjamin Elijah Mays, whom the award honors, was a teacher, minister, author, and civil rights activist who served as president of Morehouse College and the Atlanta school board from 1970 to 1981.
The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) is National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) program supporting urban school boards and fostering effective leadership for excellence and equity in public education, with a specific focus on underrepresented students. For more information about CUBE and the Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award, please visit www.nsba.org/cube.
Members of the Learn It management team recently presented several technology-based solutions for education as a part of Acer’s Education Webinar Series.
During the 2012–13 school year, over 10,000 Title I-eligible students participated in Learn It Online tutoring programs making it one of the largest providers of online academic support in the country. In this session, Learn It provided participants an overview of how it uses technology in its programs, including an summary of its synchronous and asynchronous tutoring platforms that are delivered on Acer netbooks and tablets respectively. The team discusses challenges, keys to success, and other lessons learned in rolling out large scale online programs for 1:1 computing.
Dr.Tasha Johnson, Director, Office of Federal Programs / Title I for Baltimore City Public Schools also shared her experiences and benefits of using this program with their struggling learners.
Click here for a link to the presentation.