eSpark Learning is proud to announce that Frontier has been selected for Google for Education’s "Media Literacy Apps on Chromebooks" program. This news was first shared this week at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2017 conference in San Antonio. Google for Education is empowering classrooms across the country to explore the online world with safety and confidence.
“We're thrilled to be selected by Google for this exciting partnership,” says David Vinca, Founder and CEO of eSpark Learning. “Google has made incredible progress in helping schools adopt technology to improve teaching and learning, and using Frontier in tandem with Chromebooks will allow districts to truly transform learning.”
Google has made incredible progress in helping schools adopt technology to improve teaching and learning, and using Frontier in tandem with Chromebooks will allow districts to truly transform learning.
A new era of digital media is changing literacy expectations, and today’s students must be strong writers, readers, and digital citizens. At eSpark Learning, we believe in teaching students to practice digital citizenship and think critically about the media they consume.
Launched in 2016, Frontier is used nationwide in grades 3-8, strengthening students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Frontier’s easy-to-use ELA lessons engage learners with real world topics, promote higher order thinking, and teach students how to become effective consumers and participants in digital media. The lessons can be used during whole-class, teacher-led instruction or as independent student work during Genius Hour.
Frontier’s state standard-aligned lessons feature web-based content that’s been vetted by educators for rigor, quality, and engagement. Curated blog posts, videos, infographics, and activities model diverse ways of presenting information and built-in writing prompts push students to synthesize learnings from multiple sources. Frontier automatically facilitates peer feedback on writing and a G Suite for Education integration makes it easy for students to revise and share assignments.
“Google continues to expand classroom impact and support teacher practice,” says Jason Bedford, Chief Customer Officer of eSpark Learning. “Through this partnership we will connect the productivity tools of G Suite for Education with content that engages students’ higher order thinking skills and their written communication abilities.”
This is the third content bundle that Google for Education has launched to date. Scrible Edu, a modern research platform for school and work, is also included in the program alongside Frontier. To learn more about the "Media literacy apps on Chromebooks" program, visit https://edu.google.com/products/class-content/ or contact your district’s Chromebook reseller.