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ASKME® Success Stories

The UT K-16 Education Center measures its success by the success of the students, teachers, schools and school districts it serves. The Center has had the good fortune to witness many District Partners experience success using the ASKME Courses®.

Midland ISD

Midland ISD has been a model for success in using the ASKME® online math suite in the high school mathematics classroom. Holly Roberts, the Midland ISD District Math Coordinator, saw the strength of the ASKME® curriculum and the power of its flexibility. She and her team of math teachers created and refined PowerPoint presentations that use ASKME® as their core. And thanks to innovative teachers and administrators, every secondary math teacher in Midland has an interactive whiteboard. This allows teachers to control a computer by touching the projected image of a computer screen. The combination of ASKME®, PowerPoint, and interactive whiteboards makes learning and teaching an engaging multimedia experience that prepares students for success in math and on the TAKS exams.

When students leave class, they have access to their full math course at any time and in any place there is an Internet connection. Since ASKME® math is taught through online animated tutorials, learning and reviewing can continue once the student leaves the classroom. Students and parents can work together on ASKME® from home, or anywhere there is a computer with an Internet connection.

Midland ISD has taken a leap into the future of education and their students are reaping the rewards!

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

Carrollton-Farmers Branch (CFB) Independent School District is truly riding the front of the wave when it comes to providing flexible, high quality, online learning. Under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Berning, Chief Technology Officer, CFB has built a Virtual Campus that draws services from a number of online learning providers and programs. ASKME® comprises the math curriculum of the CFB Virtual Campus.

Beginning this year, Dr. Barry Dodson, Virtual Campus principal, and Mr. Rich Lewis, ASKME® math teacher, have developed the ASKME® offerings to include course delivery via video conferencing technology. Middle School students at a remote location join in an ASKME® math course that is taught at another school. The teacher uses video and audio software and hardware, so that the students can see and hear the course lectures in real-time, and the students are able to communicate and collaborate with their remote classmates and the teacher. This is a truly synchronous learning environment and an impressive demonstration of technology’s ability to enhance learning. The UT K-16 Education Center looks forward to many more educational technology innovations from CFB ISD’s Virtual Campus team!

Most recently, CFB ISD’s Virtual Campus was recognized by the Texas High School Project (THSP) as an Exemplar Program for Successful Practices. The Virtual Campus will receive a grant to expand online learning opportunities for students using the UT K-16 Center’s ASKME Courses®.

Houston ISD Virtual School

The Houston Independent School District’s Virtual School was established in 2000 as a commitment by the district to support excellence in learning through distance education. The UT K-16 Education Center has worked with the Virtual School from its inception, offering customized course with quality content that is both rigorous and beneficial to distance learners.

Mark S. Grubb, Project Manager, and George S. Browne, Technology Supervisor, have initiated and pioneered the use of technology in the Houston Virtual School “classroom” by melding the use of the Blackboard course administration tool and the courses offered by the UTK-16 Education Center. Rich multimedia, online ASKME Courses®, as well as CD-ROM-driven content, are available anytime, anywhere, to any student with a computer and an Internet connection.

At the HISD Virtual School, the future is happening today by using the World Wide Web to help students become independent, lifelong learners!

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