Best K–12 Ideal Learning Environment Video Contest Winner Chosen
Compass Learning recently launched its Ideal Learning Environment Video Contest, asking students, teachers and others with an interest in education to submit videos that demonstrate their ideal learning environment. Videos were required to showcase environments that foster creativity, spark curiosity and encourage 21st century skill development and –– most importantly –– make students want to learn. Participants submitted videos that did just that. More than 100 videos were submitted demonstrating novel and thoughtful approaches to learning.
The $15,000 winning video featured rapping math teachers using a variety of methods to deliver content and engage students. Humor, music and dancing were incorporated throughout the entire two-and-a-half-minute video. $10,000 goes directly to teachers, Dave Schultz and Tyler Winner, while the remaining $5,000 goes to their school, Westerville South High School, Westerville, Ohio.
"I was impressed with the quality of the video entries. The teacher's rap was fun and their message about personalized learning was right on target,” said Tom Vander Ark, author and executive editor, Getting Smart.
“When learning is personalized to the ability level, interests, learning style and expression style of each student, their capacity to learn and succeed improves,” said Eric Loeffel, chief executive officer for Compass Learning. “We see students and teachers using our software and curriculum to personalize learning. They achieve significant academic gains and personal growth by centering education on the needs and interests of each student. We received some tremendous videos and are truly inspired by the community-at-large for its creativity and out-of-the-box thinking that paints a picture of what the ideal learning environment should be.”
Finalists and the winner were selected by a combination of public votes through Compass Learning's Facebook page, as well as input from a judge's panel comprised of industry experts and thought leaders.
About Compass Learning
Compass Learning® provides K–12 educational software that empowers teachers to unlock every student's potential for academic success and personal growth. Compass Learning takes a student-centered approach by providing comprehensive solutions that address the needs of every student and student-type to create personalized learning and differentiation programs that reach, engage, and inspire students to succeed. Teachers and administrators can more efficiently and effectively manage and measure progress, freeing time to focus on delivering academic results. Both of the company's software solutions, CompassLearning Odyssey® and the Renzulli Learning® System deliver academic rigor that is based on more than 40 years of research into how students learn and are aligned to state and Common Core State Standards to support classroom and district accountability. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Compass Learning serves more than 7,800 schools across the United States.
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