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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Digital learning grows in Princeton | ECM Publishers

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Starting in September 2018, students in grades 3-12 will have access to 1:1 technology on a daily basis to support their individual learning.

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Students in grades pre-k through second grades use technology in purposeful areas, with all classrooms having access to mobile devices when and where it can add to a lesson.

The growth in technology, devices and support is part of the focus community helped identify during strategic planning to ensure the district is providing students with relevant and personalized learning opportunities.

The supports to develop digital-age learners continue to grow as interactions with technology on a day-to-day basis has become more universal.

The ability to navigate a website and the ads embedded in order to find information to solve a problem is a skill necessary at any age level today. For example, many regional news websites rely on advertisements to fund the writing, publishing, hosting and maintenance of their work so that it can be available to the public online.

Anyone who wants to catch up on current events, needs to know how to navigate the network of ads across the site to find the needed information. Think of how student evidence of learning for this seventh-grade English standard in Minnesota has changed with online news sources, “...Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.” Anyone can publish a blog or story about events and it is up to a reader to decipher the intent and meaning based on the author’s viewpoint.

While that example highlights one of the skills necessary to consume information online today, harnessing each student’s ability to create, communicate, design, test and expand their understanding of content is where technology creates great opportunities.

As digital learning grows, classrooms will continue to focus on moving beyond basic consumption of information. With the basic recall of facts and figures at everyone can start to leverage technology in all grades to help students analyze content and create their own ideas using a variety of digital tools.

Source: ECM Publishers