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October 4th, 2012
Press Release: Metropolitan Educational Council partners with Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio and itslearning to provide Digital Learning Platform
New collaboration provides Ohio schools with online resources and professional development for teachers.
Plymouth, Massachusetts—October 3, 2012—itslearning, inc. (www.itslearning.net), the leading K12 digital learning solutions provider, announced today that it has partnered with the Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC) and Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio (ITSCO) to form a Learning Management System (LMS) consortium for ESC’s and ITC’s in the State of Ohio. The goal of the partnership is to provide online and blended professional development to administrators, staff and teachers. Member schools will also have the ability to implement the program for student use. The transition from face-to-face programs to blended and online programs will save districts both time and money by reducing time teachers must spend off site during school hours. The ability to offer flexible professional development programs will avoid the need for substitute teachers, which will end up saving some districts enough money to save a teacher’s job.
“We are extremely pleased and excited about the new strategic partnership between the MEC, itslearning and ITSCO. ITSCO has long been recognized in our area as a leader in providing quality professional development for classroom teachers and administrators on topics related to instructional technology,” said Bret Longberry, ITC Director. “This partnership links the stability of a high performance learning management system with high quality professional development. We look forward to expanding the opportunity for teachers and students in the State of Ohio to use this remarkable tool to bring blended learning experiences into classrooms,” Longberry added.
“We are excited to be working with MEC and itslearning to provide a common platform for professional development for our members. We will be using itslearning to deliver online professional development to over twenty counties,” said Amy Palermo, Executive Director, ITSCO. “The move to a digital platform will allow our members to implement important initiatives such as calamity day makeup, flex credit, credit recovery as well as improving overall achievement in their school systems.”
The Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC) is a consortium of school districts and related agencies in the greater central Ohio area. The primary mission of the Council is to contribute to educational services available to youth and adults by the cooperative action of the membership. MEC identifies, plans, and provides to its members services that can be more effectively achieved by cooperative endeavors. www.mecdc.org
ITSCO is a non-profit, state supported corporation governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees. ITSCO is dedicated to meeting the educational technology needs of the students and teachers that they serve. Members include public and private schools. ITSCO was founded in 1962 and their primary services have grown to include: Professional Development, Technology Planning, Curricular Integration Consultation, Graduate Credit, Interactive Video Conferencing, and Instructional Programming. www.itsco.org
About itslearning, Inc.
itslearning is a digital learning platform that provides the pedagogical tools needed to bring innovative best practices to every classroom. Our cloud-based program incorporates the tools necessary to support all teachers in creating, delivering and managing 21st century classrooms. Web 2.0 and multimedia integration, individual learning plans, and formative reporting engage students, providing support to both students and parents with more effective communication. SIS integration, training and technical support ensure successful implementations. Our intuitive interface, community building and superb service make itslearning the choice for over 2.5 million educators and students worldwide.
Established in 1999, we have headquarters in Bergen, Norway with offices in Boston, London, Birmingham, Berlin, Paris, Mulhouse, Malmo, and Enschede. www.itslearning.net