Odysseyware, a curriculum resource by Glynlyon Inc., offers approximately 200 courses for students in grades 3-12 on its Odysseyware website. The content is made up of curricular materials in a variety of formats and media, as well as chapter quizzes and optional projects, including virtual labs and unit exams.
These courses were reviewed in consideration for a Seal of Alignment.
The course offerings are made available via a Learning Management System (LMS) that also includes a teacher interface that enables educators to create classes, organize materials, customize courses and create grade and other reports based on student activity. The courses in the LMS platform are also searchable by alignment to state, common core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) frameworks.
- 22 courses reviewed by ISTE and aligned to the ISTE Standards for Students.
- For grades 3-12.
- Online curriculum for public, virtual, charter and alternative schools.
- Career, technical, elective and core courses.
- Odysseyware instructors available for most courses.
Seal of Alignment Review
A selection of 22 courses focused on technology and STEM topics from the Odysseyware curriculum successfully underwent the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Seal of Alignment review for Proficiency. Reviewers determined the courses reviewed provide an opportunity for students to practice the skills and knowledge described in the ISTE Standards for Students.
“This is an impressive set of incredibly dense courses designed to be adaptable to a variety of audiences and settings, and aligned extensively to the ISTE Standards for Students."
— ISTE Reviewers
The selected courses from Odysseware were found to align to the following indicators of the ISTE Standards for Students:
1. Empowered Learner
1.a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1.c. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1.d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
2. Digital Citizen
2.b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
2.c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
2.d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.
3. Knowledge Constructor
3.a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3.b. Evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
3.c. Curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
3.d. Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
4. Innovative Designer
4.a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
4.b. Select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
4.c. Develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
5. Computational Thinker
5.a. Formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
5.b. Collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
5.c. Break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
5.d. Understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
6. Creative Communicator
6.a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6.b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6.c. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
6.d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.