The Cobb County School District this week hosted an education technology symposium for technology provider Blackboard K-12. Representatives from Blackboard, along with instructional technology professionals from Cobb and other school districts conferred Sept. 20-21 at the Marietta Conference Center and Allatoona High School to discuss emerging trends in online learning, curriculum delivery and communications.

Blackboard officials learned the practical ways school systems use their platform and gathered feedback on what instructional and operational needs will need to be met in the foreseeable future. Representatives and educators engaged students from Allatoona High School Sept. 21, to gain a better understanding of how students perceive and use technology.

Symposium attendees continued the discussion online, connecting via the #cobbsymposium hashtag on Twitter.

The Cobb County School District uses Blackboard solutions for online learning and employee training. Below are some of the ways the District makes use of Blackboard:

  • The Cobb Virtual Academy provides fully online, whole courses for credit taught by highly qualified teachers. Instruction is delivered using Blackboard and a vast array of digital resources and content. The courses
    include engaging assignments, interactive teaching tools, performance tasks and assessments that allow the instructor to monitor the online student’s educational progress.
  • The District’s beginning-of-year training materials for principals and administrators are archived on Blackboard, creating a repository of operational information and important documents accessible anytime.
  • Special education nursing supervisors shifted their training modules and required testing for nurses to the platform, increasing the efficiency of delivery and ensuring that nurses maintain important certifications.
  • The Office of Accountability moved its face-to-face training for testing administrators online, reducing expenses and administrators’ time away from their school buildings.
  • Training for local school bookkeepers and After School Program staff has been moved online to Blackboard and Wimba sessions.

Blackboard has helped Cobb County Schools save thousands of dollars in expenses and develop invaluable, reusable training resources.

Symposium photos courtesy of Jennifer Noymer of Blackboard.