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The WJHS Innovation Academy

WJHS In 2011, we at Willis had a vision of a learning community where students and teachers worked together to develop the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century. With this vision, we created the first iAcademy team for the 2011-2012 school year. This team consisted of four teachers and approximately 100 students. The following year the iAcademy expanded to twelve teachers and over 350 students who left Willis with increased skills in both using technology as well as collaborating with others. 

 
 

The iAcademy continued to expand and is now spread out over the entire campus. Students at Willis have access to netbooks, chromebooks, and computer labs daily. Each student also has a Google account which allows them to create, share, and collaborate with their classmates on documents, presentations, spreadsheets, etc. They also use web based tools to enhance their learning including Glogster, Collaborize Classroom, Edmodo, PollEverywhere, Desmos, Waggle, LexiaPrezi, Google Earth, and many more. Many Willis Teachers stay up to date with current educational tools by attending technology based conferences such as CUE and ISTE. Furthermore, Willis was one of 12 schools in the country to be named a Verizon Innovative Learning School. This Verizon grant allows teachers to collaborate with other teachers from similar schools and attend virtual conferences from experts in educational technology. Data was collected for the duration of the grant and the results are impressive. 

While the iAcademy grows and changes the vision remains the same. Students will engage in the purposeful utilization of technology to enhance their learning. The staff will empower the students to take risks, embrace and learn from failure, and become the ultimate problem solvers to make them successful in future educational endeavors and beyond.

The Innovation Academy has been fortunate to receive a considerable amount of positive press from local newspapers and radio stations.  The following links provide further insight into what the Willis blended learning program is all about.
 
 

 
If you have questions about the iAcademy, or would like more information, please feel free to contact one of our counselors.
 
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The following presentation provides more information about the iAcademy philosophy and gives a glimpse of how technology is used to enhanced the student learning experience.
 

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