For Immediate Release
I Support Learning, Inc. / Edmagineer
I Support Learning’s Virtual Internship Series credited for supporting education innovation by District Administration magazine.
Olathe, KS. – November 21, 2011 — I Support Learning, Inc. (ISL) is pleased to announce their Virtual Internship Series of Career-Themed Courses has been named one of the winners of the District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products of 2011.
“We are grateful to all of our users who submitted us for this award. This award is given based on reader submissions, and knowing that is was our customers who nominated us for this award makes all of us so very, very proud. Thank you District Administration and our Customers,” says Steve Waddell, Lead Developer and CEO, I Support Learning, Inc.
From a record number of nominations, the editors of District Administration selected I Support Learning’s Virtual Internship Series as one of the top 100 K12 education products of 2011. This prestigious acknowledgement is given annually to K12 education products that have supported education innovation. The winners were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by readers, including school superintendents and district-level directors in districts across the United States.
“The nominations offer a view into the inner workings of how districts use products to help solve particular issues,” says District Administration’s editor in chief, Judy Faust Hartnett. “The recommendations we receive include extensive descriptions from school administrators of how these products are used in their districts and the difference they have made, making it very challenging to choose only 100 products. We hope these products and their accompanying testimonials will provide a valuable resource for our readers.”
ISL’s innovative story-based Virtual Internships immerse students in relevant real world situations and teaches technology, math, language, and science, to solve problems. Students have the opportunity to test drive a career and gain important soft as well as technical skills. The “real world” aspect of ISL curricula mimics naturally occurring processes found in everyday workplace situations such as, collaboration, troubleshooting, and teamwork. As a newly hired employee with a dynamic company, students enter a learning environment that requires their active participation. They experience and respond to the daily requirements and demands of their employer and customer, receiving important communications via e-mails, voicemails, faxes, and virtual video visits from customers, bosses, and co-workers.
“These career simulations have allowed students, who are too young to get a job, obtain employability skills. Because the students are completely engaged in the simulation, absences are decreased, standardized test scores have increased, and our high completion rate is maintained.” Nominator – Susan Damon Orange County, CA.
“ISL’s Virtual Internship series creates a career simulation to teach technical skills, 21st century skills and address the TEKS and CTE Standards while engaging the students in an innovative and effective environment. This school year, 2011-2012, we have seen our enrollments increase substantially for Video Game Design (Virtual Internship). The students come to class each day excited to get started in the curriculum. Our Career Center has been approached by other school districts that are interested in offering the ISL career simulation class to their students. Once they visit and see how I Support Learning has a Virtual Internship, they are thrilled. I show them how we use the curriculum to not only meet the TEKS and CTE Standards, but also to meet the STEM initiative set forth by our nation’s leaders. I think anything we can do to help keep students excited about learning is critical, and I Support Learning, Inc. has done this with their Virtual Internship series. Nominator – Billy Carter – Lewisville, TX.
About I Support Learning
I Support Learning, Inc. is an educational curriculum designer specializing in online and blended learning courses, career themed courses and career simulations that fulfill Career, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) standards, with products in secondary schools and postsecondary universities throughout the world. www.isupportlearning.com
About District Administration
District Administration is a monthly publication covering all of the important topics faced in today’s K12 school systems. With a circulation of more than 73,000, District Administration reaches top decision-makers in virtually every school district across the country. Subscribers are district-level leaders in K12 education, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, business officers, IT directors and federal funds administrators. For more information, visit www.DistrictAdministration.com.