Infusing Technology Throughout a Child’s Learning Journey
Our world is increasingly moving online, from how we communicate with friends to how we interact in the workplace. Our students must gradate with the skills and knowledge to access the digital world, which is why we are infusing technology throughout every student’s learning journey.
With My Tomorrow, we are making digital devices available to students to bridge the digital divide and to ensure our students have exposure to the types of devices they may encounter in college and the workplace. We are moving more and more lessons online to mirror the college and workplace experience. And we are intent on teaching students not just how to use technology, but how to become good digital citizens.
At every step, our teachers are there as guides and role models, teaching our students how to use technology and online information to develop learning skills that will serve our students throughout their lifetime.
For the 2015-16 school year, 1-to-1 laptops will be expanded to grades 7-12, and some limited take-home programs will be introduced. The 1-to-1 program is providing our students with access to our growing library of online digital curricula. It is also giving them a leg up on the skills they will need when they get to college and the workplace.
We are also expanding our digital curriculum by moving more and more content online. A whole portfolio of digital lessons in all content areas is available at our high schools, and we are building our library of digital curriculum for students in grades K-6. All of our digital lessons are designed to use technology to spark excitement and engagement.
So what does this mean for students? The digital curriculum is personalizing learning for our students, encouraging them to explore, connect and grow beyond the classroom. More students are accessing their lessons online — from home, a computer lab or even the classroom.
Digital curriculum is also opening up access to courses that are not available to students in their schools. We are using technology and digital curriculum to develop Advanced Placement blended learning courses to provide more students with access to this important college prep coursework. And students are able to take more advanced courses through distance learning and the availability of online lessons. For example, students at Hyde Park Elementary took an Algebra course from a teacher at Walnut Hills via distance learning during the 2014-2015 school year.
Digital citizenship means in part that students understand how to use technology, how to navigate online, how to communicate effectively, what their legal rights are and how to protect themselves from harm. Teaching digital citizenship is critical because our students will be expected to do more online in the college classroom, in the workplace and even in their personal lives. We are helping students learn how to access a wealth of knowledge, how to interact in online settings, how to determine if information is factual and how to protect their online privacy.
Protecting Your Child's Online Privacy
We are teaching our students how to access the wealth of knowledge on the Internet, and how to protect their online privacy and reputation in the process.