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District 196 is Committed to a Learning and Technology Framework focus on on providing students with a dynamic student learning experience with increased access to digital tools.

Students use a 1:1 device (iPad), along with existing technology tools such as Chromebooks, laptops and computer labs, to focus on three main areas of a dynamic learning experience. In each of these areas we are embedding digital citizenship to connect it to authentic experiences. We want students to reflect on their actions of being a critical consumer and positive contributor in a digital world.

  • Access and analyze information — Students access and analyze information digitally and critically think about the information.  Students utilize our district purchased databases along with strategies when searching for information through the web.
  • Collaborate and communicate — Students with increased access to electronic devices have a greater ability to communicate and collaborate with classmates on school work during and outside the school day.
  • Innovate, create and publish — Students demonstrate their learning and understanding by sharing their own words and thoughts, videos and presentation.

There are four foundational beliefs that drive our use of digital tools for learning.

  • Learning drives decision making – Learning is at the heart of everything we do in District 196. The goal is that the use of digital tools are grounded in learning. As staff and students make decisions with digital tools we want to continue to reflect on what we want students to learn and be able to do.
  • Multiple tools in our ecosystem of learning – We strive to intentionally use multiple tools in our learning environments. There are human tools of conversation and discourse, non-digital tools of notebooks and print text, and digital resource.  By using the strengths of the tools for learning we provide a balanced approach in a digital world.
  • Learners want to create – We want students to use learning tools to make their thinking visible.  This provides an opportunity to create relationships, connections, perspectives, understandings, and purpose.  
  • Student voice –  We seek to provide learners with an learning environment where they can use their voices both face-to-face and digitally to construct understanding and perspective.

Please use the website resources below to learn more information regarding 1:1 including tutorial resources for digital tools (including Schoology and ParentVUE), district management, wifi options, and digital citizenship.