Magazine article District Administration

Illinois District Leverages Technology to Engage Students in Learning: Web-Based Student Management Suite from Skyward Motivates Learners to Stay in Touch and on Task

Magazine article District Administration

Illinois District Leverages Technology to Engage Students in Learning: Web-Based Student Management Suite from Skyward Motivates Learners to Stay in Touch and on Task

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When Michael Lubelfeld came to Deerfield Public Schools District 109 (Ill.) last summer, the superintendent known as a super-communicator knew that engaging students was crucial to their education.

So the new superintendent leveraged the district's technology, including school administration software, to keep students in regular contact with teachers, administrators and each other.

"My administration is centered on clear communication and a healthy organizational culture and climate," says Lubelfeld, whose K8 district is about 25 miles north of Chicago and six miles west of Lake Michigan. "We want to understand how satisfied all stakeholders--students, parents, community members--are with our services, how engaged students are in their work and how this translates to success in the classroom."

His engagement mission got a boost from Google Apps for Education, which allows students to create documents, slides and spreadsheets, as well as to email anyone within the school's domain.

"Children are collaborating on projects, and teachers are providing real-time feedback in the cloud," Lubelfeld says. "We're also experimenting with Google Sites and other Google Apps for Education features. It is especially helping the more introverted students find their voice because the collaborative aspect of the Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc., allows for a level playing field in terms of input and communication."

Aiding the district in these efforts is administrative software leader Skyward, whose electronic messaging service Skylert has been keeping all stakeholders engaged in education, Lubelfeld says. Last year, for example, Skylert was used to email members of a task force that had shaped middle school programming--leading to new STEM and communication media arts electives, as well as a "Welcome to Sixth Grade" evening program that included a student-made YouTube video. …

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