Blended Learning

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Digital learning is any instructional practice that uses technology effectively in order to strengthen students’ learning experiences. Through our Digital Learning Initiative, students are given opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, access to challenging content, and individualized instructions that will prepare them for college and 21st-century careers. This Digital Learning Initiative exemplifies the goals or both our Technology Plan and the WPS mission statement, “Learning for All”.

Increasing available rich, interactive digital content enables teachers to personalize instruction based on student needs and engages students in self-directed and relevant learning. Through a combination of technology and face-to-face teaching, The 4 C's of Educationcalled blended learning, teachers can provide one-to-one or group instruction. In an environment when students have mobile computing devices, teachers are more apt to provide small group and individualized instruction rather than lecturing to an entire class. When every student has a device, students have additional opportunities to develop higher order and critical thinking skills. Mobile devices allow students more choice in directing their learning, help them create products that demonstrate their knowledge and provide easy access to up-to-date information; all of this leads to increased student engagement and academic achievement.

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Students will find it easier to manage their materials using collaborative tools like Google Drive; they will shift from being consumers of information to producers of creative, innovative work. Students will experience pride in their knowledge and school work. They will be more likely to see the value of education. We believe that all of these opportunities will result in a reduced dropout rate and an increase in the community’s level of education.

At WPS, teachers are a critical factor in education. While computers provide a number of benefits and opportunities for students that would not be possible without digital devices, the expert and caring guidance of teachers in our strong digital curriculum is what ultimately helps students achieve and succeed. However, there are few careers that do not require computers. School is the perfect time to learn how to safely and securely surf the Internet, decipher fact from fiction in a world of digital content, act responsibly on social networking sites, and efficiently manage a life full of digital interactions.

 


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