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Florida Virtual Curriculum Marketplace

On May 31, 2011 the Florida Department of Education and announced the opening of the Florida Virtual Curriculum Marketplace (FVCM), a new approach to help teachers navigate the crowded digital curriculum landscape. The marketplace provides a single point of entry for Florida teachers to search for and assign educationally proven, national- and Florida-standards-aligned and safe digital content.

A majority of Florida teachers use digital content every day, but are challenged by the difficulty of finding appropriate and easy-to-use content on the Internet. Teachers not only have access to district and school licensed digital content from multiple sources, but also to a wide variety of public and free sources of digital content. For teachers to better make use of all of that digital content, they need an easy and intuitive way to cut through the clutter. The Florida DOE chose to provide the FVCM because of Learning.comís history and experience making it easy for teachers to use technology to enhance student learning.

Teacher ease of use is the guiding principle behind the FVCM. The marketplace supports single sign-on, so teachers and students can use a single password and log in to access multiple sources of content. The teacher interface is intuitive and requires minimal training, and teachers see search results in a consistent and easy-to-use format.

Every Florida educator has access at no cost to the FVCM and its free, user-generated and district-licensed resources. Teachers will also be able to find, buy and use fee-based content quickly and easily with their students. Content found through the marketplace works with a school or districtís existing Learning Management System, or districts may use the marketplace platform to access their district-licensed digital resources, find additional resources, and use built-in tools to assign and track student progress.