Who We Are
Our purpose is simple: to help students and teachers achieve their academic goals. We strive to meet this purpose through consulting services, content development, and professional development. The support and expertise that Spider Learning, Inc. provides is invaluable to meeting the challenges of building a program that meets the unique needs of your students and teachers.
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Digital Resources Curated:
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How can curated resources enrich a curriculum?
How can your offline content become online content?
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Open Educational Resources
How can curated resources enrich a curriculum? Open Educational Resources (OERs) are taking the education world by storm! With a vast array of technology at our fingertips, it’s never been easier to create and share educational content with our peers and students. Every lesson, assessment, activity, and project that you have developed for your classroom can be openly shared with educators and students around the world. Likewise, all of their materials can be shared, just as easily, with you! OERs help us to meet the ultimate goal of providing a personalized learning experience for all students. As you embrace your role as an educational pioneer, your OERs will pave the way for education to become a world restricted only by the imaginations of future educators.
By developing your own understanding of OERs, you can act as a group of trailblazing educators who take on the challenge of the Department of Education’s newest initiative, #GoOpen.
Spider Learning, Inc., is able to help you with utilizing OER material in a variety of ways. It can be time-consuming to find the right resource for your course material, and even if the resource is aligned to a standard, it still doesn’t apply to a specific objective or learning goal. Let us take the time to make sure that each OER is handpicked for specific lesson content or learning standard, so you can have the perfect supplemental video, image, or assessment to aid in student learning.
Additionally, we can also map each resource to a rubric so you can see how it rates among other resources. A rubric evaluation would provide a picture of the quality, alignment, and appropriateness of a resource that is selected as an OER. By applying a rubric evaluation, each resource will be scored and its selection justified according to various categories. The categories include general information about the resource, such as author and/or publisher, noted grade level and reading level, learning modality, and the best grade level for use. The rubric also scores the quality of the resource, on a scale of 0 to 3, based on clearly defined goals, engagement of material, accessibility of resource, and the ability to provide individualized pathways to students.
How will OERs display to educators or students? There are multiple ways! We can help you to figure out the best way for you, depending on specific needs. Let us create a playlist for you, complete with a set of OERs for each objective or unit of your preexisting content. Playlists can be as simple as a stream of resources with short transitions in between, or as in-depth as fully customizable lessons built around OER material, complete with assessments, developed in a functioning learning management platform. Utilizing a model that delivers different OERs based on individual learning pathways is just one of the many ways Spider Learning, Inc., can help you to implement OERs and start participating in the growing #GoOpen initiative!
How can your offline content become online content? Any curriculum is only as good as the students you’re able to reach with it. Do you have a course, or even an entire program, that you’ve developed, but wish that it could also be available as neatly organized online lessons? We can help you to digitize your vision!
Spider Learning, Inc., is well acquainted with creating an online program from the lesson plans that you know and love, as well as helping you to spruce it up with fun and engaging interactive components. Did you know that it’s possible to send different students through the same lesson content, but allow them to branch off into separate directions depending on what they know? Offline, this concept would be very difficult to implement, but with the development of online learning pathways, you can reach each student, individually, and use YOUR content in the process!
Digitizing content can be done in a variety of ways. Simply put, we can take your content and organize it so that it will be displayed in a logical way for students. We can also help you to find copyright-free images that enhance your content. If you want to kick it up a notch, we can help you to create interactive components, personalized graphics, videos, formative and summative assessment items, activities, and organize a handpicked collection of resources for you that reinforce your content. Once you’ve determined exactly what you want, we can work to determine how you want it. We can deliver your new digital content in an existing Learning Management System (LMS), or build it for you in our internal LMS. Your vision is our mission, and we hope to help schools and companies achieve the very most from their learning materials.
As educational methods are breaking away from the traditional approaches that many educators have known, solely, for years and years, it is becoming essential to supply individuals not only with new methods for effective teaching, but also with the guidance of how to use these new tools. Spider Learning, Inc., is very knowledgeable of the guidance needed to find success with new and growing technology in the world of education. Let us help you to pave your own road to success with expert advice from those who have over a decade of experience in the online learning environment. We can assess where you are, and help you to best plan where you’re going. Our mission is simple; to help you find a path that works best for each individual student, because at the end of the day, student success is the number one goal.
Let us work with you, and focus on your most critical issues, such as technology, operations, transitioning strategies, content and professional development, and performance. You’re not alone – we’ve got your back. With a team of knowledgeable Subject Matter Experts, technology and support managers, and entrepreneurs, our skills can be your success.
Subject Matter Expert
I have a B.S. in Chemistry Education and an MeD in Instructional Design, both from Western Governors University. I taught in both science and STEM education before coming to Spider Learning, Inc., to utilize my background in curriculum development and instructional materials design. I strive to incorporate an inquiry approach to learning and instruction to build scientific thinkers and problem solvers.
Subject Matter Expert
I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History. I've taught Economics, Personal Finance, U.S. History, U.S. Government, and World History. The combination of my passion for helping students learn and my content knowledge motivates me in creating exciting content that challenges students to think critically about both historical events and current affairs.
Director of Media and Information Technology
An alumni of the University of Wisconsin, I have fulfilled a variety of design, web development and IT support roles. Before joining Spider Learning, my experiences in the non-profit sector helped me to discover my passion for helping create positive change, a drive that continues to inspire my work at Spider.
Director of Sales and Partnerships
I received my BA in Music from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and taught as a secondary choral instructor for 10 years. During that time I also received my M. Ed. in Educational Leadership and my K-12 Principal Certificate. I openly attribute my creativity, flexibility, and understanding of the intricacies of curriculum development and design to my experiences as an educator and my training as an educational leader.
Technical Copy Editor
I earned my B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and represented the University through the Institute on Political Journalism. My technical skills and experience as a copyeditor and proofreader for my own business have prepared me well for my role at Spider Learning.
Subject Matter Expert
I earned my BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and my MAT from California University of Pennsylvania. Classroom and distance teaching in rural Alaska has provided me with opportunities to teach mathematics, science, technology, and employability as well as to create and manage online content.
I am a graduate of both Penn State and Point Park University. Following a 10 year Science teaching career in the classroom, I moved to online education nearly a decade ago. I have extensive experience in curriculum development, charter school management, content delivery platforms and data-driven instruction.
Middle School Curriculum Development
Working closely with a statewide cyber-charter school, we designed a completly new middle school curriculum.
Elementary Learning Pathways
An effective elementary model will adapt to each student and his or her own struggles and successes.
Interactive Interdisciplinary Portfolio
Supplemental to core curriculum, the interactive interdisciplinary project connects students to the material across disciplines.
Erin’s Law Interactive Content
An instructional package that provides students the knowledge needed to negotiate decision-making, peer pressure, and behavioral influences.
Middle/High School Curriculum Development
Spider Learning, Inc., has worked closely with a statewide cyber-charter school to design a new and complete curriculum from an empty canvas. Utilizing state and Common Core standards as a starting point, we’ve designed scope and sequence documents and transformed objectives from words on a spreadsheet to fully interactive lessons, videos, assessments, and activities, complete with resource playlists to accompany each.
This custom-designed program aimed to capture student attention and interest by first displaying an introductory or interactive video. Additionally, interactive videos prompted students with questions that generated data from correct and incorrect responses, which allowed instructors to gauge where each student was with his or her understanding before even beginning the lesson. Depending on whether the student sufficiently completed the video questions, he or she would either progress to the lesson content or trigger an alert to the teacher.
The meat and potatoes of the lesson was the Direct Instruction component. Students could work through each section of instruction and corresponding activity, or they could opt out of this section by correctly answering three “Challenge Questions” before beginning. If any of these questions were answered incorrectly, students would see them again at the end of the lesson, prior to the assessment.
From a larger pool of assessment questions, daily assessments generated six questions at random for students to engage in. These 10-point assessments would be automatically graded by the system, and scores less than proficient would trigger an alert for students to enter a remediation playlist that included six hand-selected resources. These playlists included short narrations and educational resources for students to read, do, or view, to help them with gaining a better understanding of the lesson material. Successfully completing all lesson components would enable the system to unlock the next lesson.
Elementary Learning Pathway Modules
What is the benefit of individualized learning pathways? We believe that an effective elementary model will adapt to each student and his or her own struggles and successes. No two students are the same, and it is our belief that each student requires special attention to areas where more or less help is required. Our learning modules aim to achieve just that -- they allow students to create an individual pathway to success!
Each module is made up of the same component parts. As students progress through the module components, data is collected, which feeds the student toward progressive or remedial strands of different modules. This non-linear model utilizes all grade-level standards, and allows students to follow the path that works best for them, regardless of whether the progression is from a 4th-grade standard to a 5th-grade standard, or from a 5th-grade standard down to a 3rd-grade standard. The goal for each module is to build on the last, and to reiterate prerequisite knowledge before moving on to a new concept.
Each module urges students to collect four puzzle pieces, symbolic of attaining and mastering all of the information that the module provides. Students flow through a “Confidence Builder” video and activity, progressing to a “Comprehension Builder” video, a question with remedial assistance, and a key terms list. Students then progress to a “Knowledge Builder” with a summary and Guided Practice activity, then to a “Skill Builder” with strategically designed objective questions, acting as a formative assessment with directive distractors. If the student fails to correctly answer these two questions, short videos are triggered that expand on a more basic learning goal. If the student successfully completes these questions, he or she will progress to the “Quiz Builder” step, which is made up of five questions that are randomly generated from a larger pool. These questions collect student data, which is then fed to teachers as the student continues down the learning pathway.
Interactive Portfolio / Interdisciplinary Project
How can an educational model tie all areas of core learning together in a cross-curricular way? This interactive tool can be used to evaluate the student’s depth of knowledge level and provide them with the opportunity to analyze information, apply their understanding to new situations, and create new learning tools.
Supplemental to a core curriculum, interdisciplinary projects will connect students to the material across disciplines and socially with one another to build social skills and reinforce their learning. Through collaboration with other students in the completion of these projects, the students will build confidence, strengthen their understanding of the material, be exposed to core social developmental skills, apply 21st-century skills to their coursework... and make friends. Additionally, teachers can leverage the content of these projects to drive conversation and teamwork in the synchronous classroom, and all of the students’ work will be saved and compiled into a running portfolio of their middle-school education.
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Erin’s Law Interactive Content
Erin’s Law is named after Erin Merryn, a childhood sexual assault survivor, author, and activist. Introduced as a bill called “Erin’s Law” in Illinois, it requires that all public schools in the country implement child sexual abuse programs with a focus on prevention. There are three key components of the law:
The South Carolina Department of Education has developed instructional units for school districts to use as a guide as they develop their instructional content. Using those instructional units, Spider Learning, Inc. is developing a comprehensive instructional package that provides students with the knowledge that they need to negotiate decision-making, peer pressure, communication, behavioral influences, and sexual assault.
The instructional units provided as guidance for schools delivering the Erin’s Law content have certain features that are challenging to deliver in an online course. To overcome this challenge, several modifications are required to achieve the goals of the program and answer it’s essential questions using an online delivery platform. These adaptations include the following:
Using research tools, such as surveys, to develop the format and continuously modify the content to meet the needs of individual school districts.
"There were an estimated 1,816,400 enrollments in distance-education courses in K-12 school districts in 2009 – 2010, almost all of which were online courses."
These organizations have worked together with Spider Learning, Inc to create successful and sustainable learning environments for students.