Colchester Middle School is piloting an innovative program designed to help streamline students’ and parents’ abilities to track projects and assignments … and not only is it working really well, it is saving money!
In an effort to address not only the issues of forgotten homework assignments but also as yet another way to integrate technology and cloud-based, twenty-first-century applications into students’ everyday academic environments, CMS began piloting CloudK12 during the last school year, and so far, it has been a smashing success.
CloudK12 is an online student to-do list pilot program that teachers manage. Not only does the program allow parents to log in to see their children’s up-to-the-minute homework assignments, it also includes reading lists and other functions that help students, parents, and teachers see exactly what the students have for projects and assignments. While students cannot edit the list, they can check off assignments as they are completed, and future versions of the program will also allow students and parents to add tasks to the list. There is even an iPhone application planned for the program!
Because CMS is piloting CloudK12, which is still in development and whose developer is soliciting feedback from CMS in order to further improve upon it, there will be no cost associated with its use for the first five years. After that, the program will cost about $1,000 per year—a significant costs savings over the $6,000–$7,000 in annual printing costs for the student handbooks and daily agendas that the school has traditionally issued. CMS will still provide paper materials for students that need them, but the resulting cost savings associated with the use of CloudK12 will support additional new technology in CMS classrooms.
To view a short video clip about CloudK12, click here.
For more information, please e-mail CMS Assistant Principal Dovid Yogoda or call (802) 264-5700.
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