Case Study Highlights the Outcomes of Personalized Learning
Talladega County Schools’ road to project-based learning started in 2008, and students began participating in 2009. According to the report, a single high school in the district created a collaborative learning space that could accommodate 60 students, making infrastructure upgrades to support 60 devices. The district also invested in professional development for its teachers to ensure they could teach project-based learning.
Now, “learner-centered pedagogy supported by technology” is the norm in each of the district’s 17 schools, the report says.
In addition to the hardware students work with, the schools also rely on Google Classroom. This learning management system allows the educators at Talladega County Schools to personalize content and instruction for students.
As a result of this digital transformation in the county’s schools, the district’s graduation rate rose from 70 percent in 2008 to 93 percent in 2022.
Digital Promise Works to Close the Equity Gap in Education with Tech
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization pushing for equitable learning environments through the use of technology and forward-thinking learning models. The organization works on all facets of educational equity, from internet access for K–12 students to learning opportunities for adults.
The organization works with experts and like-minded organizations across the country, having recently announced a new Universal Design for Learning product certification created in conjunction with CAST.
Its digital transformation report is one of many publications that Digital Promise hopes will further conversations with policymakers and ed tech leaders to enact change.