Magazine article District Administration

Bringing the Classroom Home. (New Products)

Magazine article District Administration

Bringing the Classroom Home. (New Products)

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Many teachers have the chance to log into their districts from home. But accessing server files isn't always a simple process. "Because of the nature of security, there are more hoops to jump through than [when teachers] are at a flat Web interface," says Ron Place, director of instructional technology at Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Colo.

That's one worry Harrison teachers no longer have, thanks to a new subscription resource that helps teachers plan lessons and assessments online from anywhere. Called QuickMind.net, the K-12 resource provides teachers, parents and students with 24-hour access to a variety of standards-based curriculum, interactive homework assignments, project templates, tools, lesson plans, reference materials and online professional development. Access is through a password-protected Web site.

"QuickMind.net brings the classroom home for students, enables parents to see what their children are doing at school and where they need help, and gives teachers the flexibility to assign lessons, grade projects and create reports on student progress," says Forest Barbieri, CEO of QuickMind, which partnered with Sunburst Technology to create the product.

QuickMind.net's Teacher Admin Center features an online management system allowing educators to create a student roster. Once students are enrolled in the roster, teachers can assign projects, tests or activities to one or more students. Assignments completed by students online are tracked and statistics are stored for the teacher in this area. …

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