A digital curriculum system is online teaching software that empowers teachers by saving them time with planning and grading so they can spend more time with their students.
Most providers offer a digital curriculum with a learning management system (LMS), interactive lessons, pre-made lesson plans, printable worksheets, ready-made presentations, automatic assessments, and more.
For these reasons, digital curriculum has become exceptionally popular in Career and Technical Education (CTE), middle schools, and elective courses.
At Applied Educational Systems, we provide a digital curriculum system for middle school and high school teachers who teach health science, business education, computer applications, and career readiness.
In this article, you'll learn what a digital curriculum system is, how it can help teachers and students, and who our system is a good fit for.
Video: What Is the AES Digital Curriculum System and How Can It Help You and Your Students?
When teachers first learn about AES as a possible solution for their classroom, they often ask questions like "Is this just a collection of lesson plans?" and "How can I use AES in my classroom?"
The AES digital curriculum system is a web-based platform allowing anywhere, anytime access for students and teachers.
This system is made of three main parts:
The AES Curriculum
The AES curriculum is designed and developed to improve your students' long-term retention of information by utilizing our learning plan called the Four Phases.
The four phases of the AES curriculum are:
- Learn & Practice
This four-phase learning plan is designed to maximize student understanding while also saving you time with planning.
The curriculum is taught with a combination of lectures, hands-on activities, and computer-based learning.
The Explore phase is made up of teacher-led activities designed to hook your students’ interest.
It’s designed to get your students thinking and prime them for learning new concepts and skills.
The resources found in the Explore phase include role-play scripts, equipment demonstrations, and activities to introduce topics and initiate classroom discussion.
The Learn & Practice phase has teacher resources and student-directed eLearning lessons to help students learn new concepts and skills.
This phase is the heart of the AES curriculum. It’s where most of the standards are covered and the bulk of the learning takes place.
The Reflect phase includes teacher-led activities designed to review and discuss key ideas from the module lessons.
This review helps students connect the new concepts they’ve learned to their existing knowledge and experience. These connections help form long-lasting memories and better information retention.
The Reinforce phase is made of student-directed projects that enhance understanding of concepts and skills.
During this phase, students work individually or in groups to complete projects that require application of the module’s concepts.
In addition to the four-phase curriculum, teachers have access to a variety of formative and summative assessments to measure the progress of their students throughout the course.
Overall, the Four Phases are our way of presenting learning content in a structure any teacher can follow in order to help students retain key information for the long term.
The AES Curriculum Delivery
The AES digital curriculum system is a blended learning resource designed to be used by both teachers and students.
This delivery method allows teachers to create dynamic, blended learning experiences that hold the attention of your students while improving their understanding.
The delivery of curriculum to your students includes eLearning lessons, multimedia presentations, simulations, workplace scenario videos, in-line questions, hands on projects, and more.
On the teacher's side, you'll find detailed lesson plans, course guides, PowerPoints with speaker notes, and additional materials.
These materials are designed to help you save time with planning so you can spend more time doing what matters - making personal connections with students.
The AES Management System
The AES management system is the teacher interface that contains the assignments, gradebook, and other features to save you time in lesson planning, grading, and managing your courses.
It's designed to do the heavy lifting by providing you the information you need to help ensure your students are on track.
Overall, the curriculum, delivery, and management work in harmony to enable teachers like you to save time and make more of a personal connection with students.
Now that you know what the AES digital curriculum system is, let's dive into the four curriculum areas AES is a good fit for.