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Students to use email, programs







CMSD is piloting student use of Office 365 and an array of Microsoft applications, making it easier for classmates to share work and collaborate on projects.

The pilot will involve sixth- through 12th-graders and 14 schools. Eventually, the District would make the Office 365 suite available to students across the District.

Besides email, students will have access to applications like Word, PowerPoint and Excel that their families also can download. The tools will allow the students to work together on school assignments in real time using home computers and mobile devices. Software will monitor the content in projects and messages round the clock, to guard against inappropriate use.

“This helps us meet the growing challenges and real-world needs of education,” said Shawn Braxton, CMSD's executive director of instructional technology. “And it is in keeping with our belief that learning is not limited to the classroom.”

Schools participating in the pilot include 11 elementary schools (Adlai Stevenson, Artemus Ward, Case, Euclid Park, Kenneth W. Clement Boys' Leadership Academy, Mound, Robinson G. Jones, Sunbeam, Tremont Montessori, Wade Park and Wilbur Wright), one K-12 school (Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy) and two high schools (Cleveland High School for Digital Arts and Ginn Academy).

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