Summit Public Schools announced Tuesday that more than 100 new schools across the country will implement a free, personalized-learning platform that Facebook had a hand in developing.
Summit, a charter school network based in California, developed the learning program with the social media giant. According to the network, the platform will now have more than 1,100 instructors teaching 20,000 students in 27 states and Washington D.C.
Diane Tavenner, the CEO of Summit Public Schools, gave one example of the learning platform's potential.
Emily Morris, a history teacher at J. Frank Dobie High School in Texas' Pasadena Independent School District, used to have trouble getting her students to understand history and its relevance to their daily lives. So this past year Emily took a different approach. Using one of the projects in the Summit Personalized Learning Platform, her students analyzed the effects World War I had on Europe, as well as the differences in European art before and after the War. Then, her students created their own pieces of art to express a response to an emotional or traumatic event in their own lives.
The learning platform is also being made available to individual teachers, rather than just entire schools.
"It's an honor to be a small part of a movement that puts students first and recognizes teachers' talents," Tavenner said.
Jason Russell is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.