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District switching to new learning platform

Many teachers have begun training on it

POSTED: July 22, 2013 12:31 a.m.

The Forsyth County Board of Education approved the school district’s new personalized learning platform during a meeting Thursday.

The program, known as itslearning, will replace the Angel learning management and Edusoft assessment systems.

Bailey Mitchell, the district’s chief technology and information officer, said 1,000 teachers have enrolled in a training course to prepare for the new systems, which will roll out when the school year begins in August.

During the summer, more than 60 teachers worked to add content to the new system.

Mitchell said the transition will allow for a streamlined instructional approach, provide teachers with better access to data and a new personalized process for parents.

It will be the “one place for teachers to go to for content,” Mitchell said. “It also provides that communication with parents.”

The contract for itslearning is about $576,000, but Mitchell said replacing the two outdated systems would be “revenue neutral.”

The cost may have increased, but board member Kristen Morrissey said it’s “a much better system, so we’re gaining a lot.”



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