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BCPS Digital 5: Pathways to Personalized Learning Program Earns National Award

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is earning national recognition for its Digital 5: Pathways to Personalized Learning initiative.  BCPS is one of eight school districts in the nation (12,000 or more students category) to be honored by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education with its Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award (DCCAA).
The DCCAA recognizes K-12 school districts for using technology to advance digital curriculum and content in exciting ways for students.  In 2013/14, BCPS launched the Digital 5: Pathway to Personalized Learning program, which provided approximately 3,200 fifth grade students from 27 elementary schools and their teachers with laptops, digital resources, online instructional materials and other learning tools to maximize student learning.  Students in the Digital 5 program have also shown increased engagement and school attendance, as well as a significant decline in behavioral issues.
“Through the Digital 5 program, we are engaging students by allowing them to personalize how they learn,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Today’s students are very technology focused.  They use technology – from computers, tablets and laptops to smart phones and iPods, from a very early age.  The Digital 5 program enhances the skills they are already using in the real-world to increase their learning and enthusiasm in the classroom.”      
“We are excited to announce the honorees of the 2014 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards,” said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s winners are leveraging the power of digital content and curriculum in creative ways that enhance and personalize learning. They offer innovative examples for other schools to emulate. The Center for Digital Education congratulates them all for their leadership in moving education forward.”
The Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards will be presented during the International Society for Technology in Education 2014 conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 30, 2014.
To learn more about the Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards, visit: http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-content-curriculum/.
For more information on the Digital 5: Pathway to Personalized Learning initiative, visit: http://browardschools.com/Web/digital5.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is internationally recognized as one of the world’s largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school systems, a distinction held since 2006. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 229 schools and education centers and 94 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 130 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit (browardschools.com), follow us on Twitter (@Browardschools) and like us on Facebook @ (facebook.com/browardschools).
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.  CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.