Award Recipients Announced for MOREnet's K-12 Research Project

Friday, July 19, 2013

In April, MOREnet announced that it was seeking proposals from member K-12 districts to partner on a project to improve student performance through the adoption of technology-enabled student-centered learning. Today, MOREnet is pleased to announce two co-awardees: the Grandview R-II and Fulton 58 school districts.

The Grandview R-II school district proposes to use technology and teacher commitment to ensure that their students will have access to the same opportunities that larger school districts provide. Grandview will personalize student learning through use of the Learning Management System (LMS) in blended and flipped classes and the use of formal data analysis of student progress. The project will extend the district’s 1:1 program currently implemented in the high school to all grades and expand their growing catalog of blended and virtual courses available to students anywhere in the state. The expanded cohort of teachers will receive professional development for lesson conversion, technology integration, flipped classrooms and the common core standards. Grandview will implement new technologies and strategies and expand the use of varying devices, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and virtual offerings. Grandview’s goal is for their students take a greater responsibility for their own learning and ensure college and career-readiness upon graduation.

Fulton Public Schools is introducing leading-edge technology in a newly constructed Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab). A Fab Lab is a small-scale, STEM-based, multi-disciplinary workshop offering students and, in a later phase, the general public the opportunity for personal fabrication of almost anything. The University of Missouri College of Engineering, Ameren UE and Linn State Technical College are committed to provide professional and technical support for the lab. While Fab Labs are commonly associated with engineering, computer programming, design thinking and mathematics courses, the lab will support all subject areas and will become a catalyst for interdisciplinary instruction, enabling teachers and students to create connections between subjects that would traditionally remain in isolated curriculum areas. The lab will consist of a variety of rapid prototyping machines such as 3-D printers, CNC (computer-numerically-controlled) machines, laser cutters and 3-D scanners.

MOREnet, Grandview R-II and Fulton Public Schools will partner to develop curriculum, services, training, policies, best practices and related resources including student outcomes and success stories for other districts to adopt and adapt within their own communities.

Congratulations to both of our awardees. Thank you to every member that submitted a proposal. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated.

Please stay tuned for more information about these exciting projects. For questions regarding this announcement or the K-12 Research Project please contact research@more.net