SALEM, Ore.--()--Bookbyte, a trusted e-commerce pioneer and online bookstore, today announced it will launch a pilot project with Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Oregon to bring digital learning experiences to the classroom. The pilot project is scheduled to kick off this September in conjunction with the new school year. Bookbyte Digital, a division of Bookbyte focused on digital content and e-books, is partnering with the school district to deploy digital learning programs via Apple iPads to enrich students’ learning experiences, increase teacher productivity and provide learning analytics for teachers and administrators.
“Traditionally each of the fifth-grade teachers created their own separate curriculums for their specific classes. By developing digital content that can be shared across multiple classrooms, we were able to save significant time and increase our productivity.”
As part of the digital content pilot program, teachers and students at three schools: Hammond Elementary School, McNary High School and South Salem High School, will receive iPads from Bookbyte for classroom use to enhance the learning experience. The pilot initially will provide digital math and English curriculum to more than two hundred primary and secondary students. Some students will engage with the iPad in as many as three times a day.
“Bookbyte Digital has greatly simplified the curriculum development process,” said Sarah Hayden, teacher at Hammond Elementary, one of the schools participating in the pilot program. “Traditionally each of the fifth-grade teachers created their own separate curriculums for their specific classes. By developing digital content that can be shared across multiple classrooms, we were able to save significant time and increase our productivity.”
Teachers at McNary High School will use Bookbyte Digital to aid learning in a ninth-grade algebra class for students learning English as a second language. Teachers envision the digital extension of the classroom will help engage students while fostering participation among students who historically have been hesitant to engage verbally.
The third program within the Bookbyte Digital pilot will involve replacing traditional textbooks with e-books in a ninth-grade literature class at South Salem High School. Students will access digital e-books via iPads provided as part of the pilot.
"The goal with this project is to use technology to allow teachers to spend more time interacting with students while also further engaging students in the learning process and increasing their participation during class," said Salam Noor, assistant superintendent with Salem-Keizer Public School District. "We are interested in how technology tools and resources will allow teachers and administrators to gather valuable data to support student achievement and improve instruction, which will enable us to adapt and adjust our curriculum in a timely manner to help students succeed."
“Bookbyte Digital is focused on enriching students’ learning experience through intuitive applications, compelling curriculum and access to e-books,” said Andres Montgomery, chief strategy officer for Bookbyte. “Bookbyte Digital promotes classroom participation and makes learning fun for students while saving time for teachers and increasing their productivity. We firmly believe that students who engage more during class will have a better learning experience.”
About Bookbyte Digital
Bookbyte Digital, a division of Bookbyte focused on digital content and e-book learning, enhances students’ learning experience and provides teachers with tools to streamline curriculum development and digitize classroom content.
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