In District 200, we believe that there is a lot of great teaching and learning that doesn't constantly require a device - which is why our goal for technology is Universal Access. Students should have access to technology only when they need it.
Universal Access to Technology
Do you need a device? Part of the District's vision for the learning environment is that students can collaborate and create anytime, anywhere. In order to do that, students need to have access to technology when they need it, both in school and at home. We have older model laptops that we are refurbishing to run just like a Chromebook. Contact your school principal or librarian for more information.
Our Vision for Learning:
the Future of Instruction & Technology
How are we preparing students for an unpredictable future?
Automation and computers are able to do more and more of what was once thought of as “human” work - which means more competition for jobs. Our students need traditional academic strengths, but they also need skills that will set them apart from others and from computers. Research and business leaders have already identified critical thinking, empathy, creativity and collaboration as the top needs in the future and District 200 is building classrooms that will develop these skills.
The vision for the Future of Instruction and Technology (FIT) states, “The D200 environment enables learners to access, synthesize and share knowledge while collaborating and creating anytime, anywhere. Experiences are designed to foster critical thinking, parallel real world situations and meet individual needs of learners as they develop mastery of students and skills.”
In order for students to be able to access and share information, they must be taught how to determine the credibility and relevance of many sources. In order for students to learn collaboration, they must be taught how to manage their own emotions, resolve conflict and participate in respectful debate. These types of learning experiences are occurring in our elementary, middle and high schools on a daily basis.
Students must be able to access their school work outside of our school buildings. For this reason, we have refurbished old laptops to distribute to families that are in need of a device. We also successfully obtained grant funds to help with the cost of internet for some families in need. Because many of our classrooms use online, digital resources, it is essential that all students have this capability - even outside of school.
We are also working toward more real world applications. Examples include new engineering activities for elementary students as well as entrepreneur classes at the middle and high school levels.
It is about finding balance in our classrooms. Learning needs to be personalized to match student interest and ability, but also needs to include shared experiences so that students learn collaboration and empathy. Teaching students how to use technology is important, but equally so is balancing face-to-face interactions and conflict resolution. Our classrooms must simultaneously pass down important academic skills and history of the world while still preparing students to meet the needs of an evolving future that will require continual learning, persistence and ability to adapt to new changes.