Use Blackboard Collaborate to Promote Cross-Curricular Projects

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) serves more than 13,200 students in grades pre-K through 12 in Albemarle County, Virginia, the sixth largest county by area in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  We are proud to maintain community-based elementary schools and state-of-the-art secondary schools. We also offer opportunities for students through two charter schools, a STEM magnet school operating at Albemarle High School, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center.  We currently use Blackboard Learn as our learning management system for K-12 instruction and professional development and see this contest as an opportunity to try Collaborate for a year and showcase how it would be a valuable set of tools to offer our teachers and students on a more permanent basis.  In addition to using Blackboard Collaborate as a professional development tool, there are limitless possibilities for using Blackboard Collaborate to promote cross-curricular projects between schools across grade levels.  One example is 6th grade social studies students would conduct research using a digital tool and create a digital project and present rough drafts to 11th grade students using Blackboard Collaborate.  In turn, the 11th grade students would promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility by using Blackboard Collaborate to interact with the presentations and provide feedback prior to project completion.  This project also highlights an example of how Blackboard Collaborate would be used to strengthen and build a greater sense of community across our school district.  Thank you for this opportunity and we look forward to a response.   

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