VSCHOOLZ, Inc. announces agreement with The Associated Press.
June 14th 2012 – Coral Springs, FL – VSCHOOLZ is proud to announce an agreement with The Associated Press. VSCHOOLZ will access AP’s vast repository of archived media, images, stories and primary source documents to enhance its digital content. The VSCHOOLZ team will tag the content pieces as individual learning objects, assign both a content type and specific level of rigor to each piece of content, and will then align the use of each learning object with national common core standards.
“VSCHOOLZ’s decision to use AP journalism to create educational products, in Spanish and English, is innovative and reflects AP’s reputation for accuracy and independence,” said Jim Baltzelle, AP’s Florida chief of bureau and Caribbean business manager. “VSCHOOLZ will have access to AP’s constant stream of video, text stories, graphics, multimedia and more than 11 million new and archival photographs in AP Images. It is an exciting partnership in virtual education.”
“This is a groundbreaking move for digital learning,” said Trina Trimm, C.O.O, VSCHOOLZ. “In a time when traditional textbook sales are declining by an average of 20 percent per year, schools and districts are seeking alternative sources of high-quality, accurate information to use in curriculum development. Reaching digital students on a wide variety of devices means looking to nontraditional sources for academic content and The Associated Press is a valid, authentic and trusted provider of accurate information.”
About VSCHOOLZ, Inc.
VSCHOOLZ was founded by a team of educators to provide e-learning solutions for schools or districts that want to support a blended digital learning environment in traditional schools or that want to launch their own virtual programs. As a member of the H. Education family, a H. Wayne Huizenga Holdings company, VSCHOOLZ is able to provide strong levels of support in the depth and breadth of site implementation for schools and districts. Powered by VSCHOOLZ gives schools or districts a fully integrated, customizable classroom management platform that allows teachers to edit, change, remove or adapt high quality content provided to fit their individualized classroom and school needs. All courses come complete with fully customizable interactive and engaging student activities, as well as, supplemental online resources. The lessons are delivered in a safe and user-friendly online environment, which incorporates collaborative tools, message boards, digital drop boxes, chat rooms and teacher-to-teacher file sharing. This new approach to education caters to the digital learner of all ages.