Schools across the country are opting to use textbooks on laptops. One school district is the Broward County Public District in Florida. They have an initiative called the Digital 5 (D5) that delivers textbooks to student’s laptops.
The Digital Curriculum
In D5 about 3,200 fifth graders and their teachers from 27 elementary schools in the Florida district are using laptops to teach children, digital resources, online instructional materials, and other learning tools. Specifically, D5 participants are using a reading program, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Florida Journeys Common Core and GO Math! Florida, via an application from Kno.
The Kno platform adds interactive features, search, assessments, digital note-taking and journaling, and social sharing tools intended to better engage students with the content. The software also provides teacher monitoring and reporting tools.
The expansion of the use of digital Houghton Mifflin Harcourt materials through Kno follows on two pilot programs run in classrooms last spring. Since then curriculum specialists from both companies have worked with the district to provide professional development, classroom integration, and support in order to grow the program.
“The Digital 5 initiative is very exciting for us. Essentially we are creating the classroom of the future, and we are doing it today, to ensure students are college and career ready in the 21st Century,” said Superintendent Robert Runcie.
“The winning combination of Kno’s interactive learning technology and [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s] high-quality content gives our students and teachers the resources they need to maximize student learning and grow as citizens in an increasingly digital world.” says Runcie. The D5 initiative to deliver textbooks on laptops is helping to further the digital curriculum.