Daniel Downs, Ed.D.
|North Reading Works With MAPLE to refine its vision.|
On January 24th and 25, the class of 2022 received their Chromebooks at North Reading High School as part of a rollout of devices. The 9th-grade class is the first high school class to be part of the 1:1 initiative that has already reaped a range of benefits for the 7th and 8th-grade classes. The benefits that come from the implementation of a 1:1 learning program include the increased student and teacher access to technology which enables student learning opportunities with online resources, media, and applications.
Learning with technology is a critical tool for students as they prepare themselves to be college and career ready. Digital resources assist students in understanding the value that technology can have in supporting their continual learning and adaptation to new resources and technology. Empowering students’ learning in the 21st century means providing the best resources, tools, and teaching methods which support deeper learning.
A few of the highlights to daily teaching and learning
Identified below are several of the benefits of 1:1 learning that I have witnessed first-hand within our program. These items reflect student and teacher growth, self-reflection and the desire to adapt and use technology as a powerful education tool it is. I look forward to seeing the benefits of this program continue to enhance instruction, student engagement and the continual adaptation of skills to support the high-level use of technology.
Working With MAPLE to refine our vision
As one of the first 14 catalyst districts who were a part of MAPLE in Massachusetts we work to refine the benefits, strategies, and outcomes for 1:1 learning in North Reading. The collaboration from other districts who are implementing similar programs provides great support to our continuing work with digital learning.
Increased student engagement and ownership of learning
Students who can learn at their own pace and use resources which support a variety of pathways and interests. These students will want to learn longer. I have seen students continue to work past their class time or want to work together in the media center collaboratively with their classmates with technology.
Access to resources outside of school and the ability to connect and collaborate with group work
Project -Based Learning has become greatly enhanced with the increase of digital resources. Students can collaborate and share resources within collaborative groups and can also present and demonstrate learning with video resources and digital presentations.
Increased teacher adaptability to utilize tools to instruct, assess and collaborate
Many teachers have learned new skills, resources and applications which support students in organizing resources online, improving their in-class assessment using digital tools or providing real-time feedback and homework support through online resources.
Tailored and Personalized Learning Experiences
Student learning and their experiences while accessing resources in a 1:1 learning environment are increasingly personalized. Students have opportunities to spend time researching topics and developing research skills which support deeper learning and interests. Lifelong learning is supported through increased personalization and supporting student interests.
Increased Student and Teacher Collaboration
Using resources like Google Classroom and other online collaborative spaces students can collaborate with students and receive real-time feedback from teachers. Opportunities for formative assessment with students is greatly increased as teachers can immediately assess and review student learning progress.