By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Gwinnett Online Campus wins Blackboard Catalyst Award
Recognizes out-of-the-box thinking in education and technology

Lawrenceville, GA – June 4, 2014 – Gwinnett Online Campus was named a winner of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovation, which recognizes those that challenge conventional thinking to improve the way education is delivered and experienced.

The Innovation Award honors those in education who think outside the box in areas such as, but not limited to, teaching and learning practices, software development, mobile innovation, cloud innovation, online program management, and more.

The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.

“Gwinnett Online Campus has been recognized as being a school of the future . . .today,” Dr. Christopher Ray, Gwinnett Online Campus principal said. “Over the past three years, our vision of students being able to participate in live class sessions from remote locations or attend in person has come to life through the development and implementation of our interactive classrooms. Blended learning models are in their infancy across the nation. At Gwinnett Online Campus, we live it every day.”

“It’s an honor each year to recognize forward-thinking educators who are helping create a world inspired to learn through the work they do every day,” said Jay Bhatt, Blackboard CEO. “We congratulate Catalyst Award winners on their vision and innovative approaches to education, and celebrate their accomplishments with them.”

Dr. Christopher Ray, principal, Dr. Ginger O’Neal, assistant principal, and Randi Hill, local school technology coordinator at Gwinnett Online Campus, Gwinnett County Public Schools, will be honored alongside other Blackboard Catalyst Award winners during BbWorld®, Blackboard’s annual user conference in July 2014.

Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online.

Gwinnett Online Campus provides students with a vibrant, creative, innovative learning experience connecting online learning to a blended instructional model. The vital ingredient for student success has been the implementation of Learning Labs. These interactive classrooms provide students with flexibility to either come on campus or login to participate in synchronous sessions with their teachers. Each Learning Lab session becomes a mini-production, spotlighting quality instruction with state-of-the-art technology. The interactive classrooms are just one of the unique characteristics of Gwinnett Online Campus.

For a complete list of Blackboard Catalyst Award winners please visit: http://blackboard.com/catalyst.

About Gwinnett Online Campus Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) led the state of Georgia in the development of online learning options with the establishment of a supplemental program in 1999. Building upon this past success, Gwinnett Online Campus was designed and developed over the past three years focused on quality instructional strategies, to provide a comprehensive experience for students beyond the scope of current mental models in education. Now serving grades 4 – 12, Gwinnett Online Campus is committed to become the best diploma-granting online school in the nation.