iZone schools in the Asynchronous, or self-paced, Learning Pilot hold students accountable for the mastery of skills and content knowledge and allow individual students to advance to more challenging material as soon as they are ready. In Asynchronous Learning schools, if you master all your algebra skills on Tuesday, on Wednesday you’re enrolled in a new class.
We issued the first district-sponsored software challenge and invited developers from across the country to submit ideas for apps that would help close the achievement gap in middle school math. The challenge connected experts in the edtech field with experts in the classroom to create apps that would help teachers more effectively manage their classrooms, tailor lessons to students with different ability levels, and increase engagement. Out of more than 200 applicants, winners were selected including adaptive learning company KnowRe (Best Instructional App), Google Apps management startup Hapara (Best Instructional/Engagement App), video-based math lesson website Mathalicious, and behavior tracking software company LiveSchool. Winners received $104,000 in cash prizes and Amazon web service credits.