High-Quality Digital Learning

  • Digital learning is integral to our vision of teaching and learning in preparing students for the demands of a global society.  It supports district goals to foster student-centered learning that is highly engaging, motivating, and rigorous.  Technology will continue to transform learning when supported by a strong infrastructure and the professional development teachers need to learn about new possibilities.
  • Digital learning can help level the playing field for students, providing equity and access to the curriculum with increased opportunities for choice and ownership of the learning process.  We will continue to encourage teachers to explore the benefits of using technology to personalize curriculum & instruction, addressing different learning styles, and rates of learning.   
  • Technology provides a medium for creative expression for student work products and opens up greater possibilities for students to share their ideas with audiences beyond their immediate classroom environment.  It is important for school leaders and teachers to model the use of digital tools for these purposes to serve as role models.
  • Technology offers increased opportunities for teachers to employ formative assessment techniques to monitor student growth and to provide students with increased opportunities to receive and respond to feedback.   Our professional development and next iteration of the technology plan needs to include assessment training as part of a comprehensive approach to assessing humanely.
  • Digital learning aligns with our AIM initiative and supports the development of high-priority skills in preparing students for college and careers.  For example, digital platforms encourage cooperative learning, both in person and beyond the classroom walls, thus enabling students to share ideas with classmates in Weston or with students across the globe.  Again, high-quality professional development is key to implementing these approaches.
  • At the secondary level, blended and virtual learning are important to the future of Weston in order to maintain a comprehensive high school curricula, consisting of the full range of varied courses, especially if enrollment continues to decline.  Our high school students need to have access to a rich array of online courses to complement Weston's homegrown curricula, giving them greater ownership of the rate, location, and style of their learning.
  • Continue with our initiatives to tranform our library media centers into learning commons and support our library media specialists with their evolving roles.  The learning commons model seeks to make the library the hub of the school with flexible, collaborative spaces.  Embedded in each school's learning commons will be a developmentally appropriate makerspace that will encourage creativity, innovation, and design.  
  • Provide the Board and the community with periodic updates on how digital learning is integral to learning, communication, professional development, and the management of the district.  Interactive events such as an annual technology fair will bring our community together to see how technology is supporting our district's vision.
 Continuous Improvement:  High-Quality Digital Learning

 Support Robotics and Coding Grow Learning Commons & MakerspacesReimagine Professional Development 

http://saltsmith.com/wms/wmsbots.mp4
 

 
http://viewpure.com/ox4i9yVQUUI?start=0&end=0
Video: WMS robotics teamDraft digital learning proposal by: 
Ken Craw &  Craig Tunks

Video:  Flipped PD 
Promote Differentiation  Create Virtual Learning Opportunities
The Unknown 
 


https://sites.google.com/a/westonps.org/westontristatemath/

 

     https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0BWkgZle8b6UTRiWmV2UXVnU1E

http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2014/05/31/the-future-of-digital-learning/
 
Examples of student work using technology to demonstrate student thinking
WHS AP Computer Science
online course
Slideshare:  The future of digital learning