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INTRODUCTION

“Digital learning” (using technology to accelerate student learning) is a critical component of our school district’s work to ensure equitable student achievement and to help all students achieve our mission.

Digital learning is an essential part of high quality education. We know...

  • Digital learning is essential today to prepare students to thrive in post secondary education, the workplace and our digital world.
  • Digital tools and resources help teachers transform instruction from a focus on content delivery by teachers to more engaged, personalized and self-directed learning by students.
  • Technology enables students to have equitable access to content and learning opportunities, and allows for anytime, anywhere learning.
  • Technology helps personalize student learning. Digital systems provide immediate information about student needs, interests, and performance, allowing teachers to individualize instruction.
  • Technology tools and resources help students develop 21st century skills by enhancing communication among students, teachers and parents; inspiring collaboration within and beyond the classroom; and promoting student-centered learning environments where students are motivated to direct their own learning, think critically, and apply their learning in creative ways.

A robust digital learning plan will drive our work. We will...

  • Use technology in new ways to increase equitable student achievement.
  • Transform teaching by providing staff technology resources and professional development.
  • Create the conditions, expectations and support for change while maximizing use of current technology.
  • Provide students access to digital learning tools and resources to enable anytime, anywhere learning.
  • Increase personalized and flexible learning opportunities including online, blended and classroom instructional delivery models.
  • Teach students to be responsible digital citizens.

The district is taking a common sense, phased-in approach to a One-to-One iPad Program. During the During the next two years, we will put a technology learning device—an iPad—in the hands of each student in grades 5 through 12, with a primary goal of continuously improving student engagement, and personalizing and improving the learning of each student. iPads will be distributed according to the schedule below. In 2015–16, each student in grades 5–12 will have an iPad.

1-to-1 iPAD DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE

Grade 2014-15 2015-16
5   All students
6 All students All students
7 Students at BJH, NVJH, OJH All students
8 Students at BJH, MGJH, NVJH, OJH All students
9 Students at MGJH All students
10 All students All students
11 All students All students
12 All students All students

Having access to a learning device such as an iPad will:

  • Personalize student learning. Digital systems provide immediate information about student needs, interests, and performance, allowing teachers to individualize instruction.
  • Enable students to have equitable access to content and learning opportunities, and allow for anytime, anywhere learning.
  • Help transform instruction from a focus on content delivery by teachers to more engaged, personalized and self-directed learning by students.
  • Help students develop 21st century skills by enhancing communication among students, teachers and parents; inspiring collaboration within and beyond the classroom; and promoting student-centered learning environments where students are motivated to direct their own learning, think critically, and apply their learning in creative ways.
  • Prepare students to thrive in post secondary education, the workplace and our digital world.

Over time, iPad technology will increase access to digital curriculum, by supplementing traditional print textbooks and replacing some classroom equipment such as graphing calculators.