Pinellas County Schools has launched Beyond the Classroom, an online initiative available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week that is aimed at providing extended learning programs and digital learning opportunities for all students.
Beyond the Classroom is an online round-up of several free educational resources, including FCAT Explorer, ST Math and InSync Education that are all geared toward boosting student achievement.
“The exciting software programs included in this virtual world will challenge every student in the district,” said Pinellas Schools Superintendent Michael A. Grego. “Students who need that extra bit of support to reach grade level will be motivated and students who are ready to move beyond grade level will be challenged.”
The resources featured on the Beyond the Classroom site, accessible from the homepage of the district’s website, provide opportunities outside of the classroom for students to build their skills in various subjects, including reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. While these resources are aimed primarily at elementary students, the district plans to roll out additional educational resources for all grade levels in coming weeks.
Included in this initiative is an opportunity specifically for students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. “Connect for Success – A Title I Digital Enterprise” will provide economically disadvantaged students with equal access to technology that supports their learning outside of the classroom.
In coming weeks, Pinellas County Schools plans through the Connect for Success initiative to distribute thousands of laptops to third- and fourth-graders at all Title I elementary schools in keeping with its commitment to provide access to technology and opportunities to succeed for all students. Additional classes of third-graders will benefit from the initiative in subsequent years.