This is the new plan for Westford Public Schools. It is a roadmap for how we intend to achieve our Vision for Digital Learning.
Connected Learning Blog: Read more about our digital journey.
This was our starting point, we needed to find our where we were before we could develop the roadmap for reaching our destination.
What is Digital Learning?
Digital Learning is defined by the Alliance for Educational Excellence as “any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience.”
Key Take Away:
Defining High Quality Digital Learning (Technology Integration)
It's important that teachers and administrators have a common understanding of what quality digital learning (technology integration) looks like. The SAMR model provides a framework for educators to reflect on their own technology infused pedagogy and develop a shared language and expectations.
This video shows how technology can support learning in a seamless way even at an early age. This is an example of technology integration at the higher levels of the SAMR model.
(Alliance for Excellence in Education)
Learner Centered Education
Learner-centered instruction is focused on the needs, abilities, and learning styles of individual students. It is personalized, engaging, and rigorous. Whilelearner-centered instruction does not require digital learning, it is frequently enabled and enhanced by it, and digital learning expands the opportunities and options for teachers and students. No longer should the norm be teachers standing at the front of the classroom delivering the same information to all students at the same time. Teachers must utilize more formative data from student assessments in an ongoing way to understand the abilities and learning style of individual students.
While meeting high standards, students take a more active role in and have more ownership of their learning. Students should develop content and collaborate with others to build and share knowledge, and they need opportunities to engage in meaningful and appropriate learning experiences and to apply what they learn.
Learning experiences in which students are held accountable for directing and developing their own products and knowledge foster self-direction and motivation. Students need to be able to understand and apply feedback to their work, plan the steps that are necessary to accomplish their goals, and work independently when appropriate.
Source: Alliance for Excellence in Education