The cornerstone of 21st century skill development is authentic collaboration around relevant and meaningful tasks to create a product or outcome that is of value to others. The School District of Upper Dublin recognizes that the creation of new knowledge through technology is integral not only in how today’s students learn, but also in preparing students for the careers of tomorrow. For education to keep pace with the rapid technological advances in our society, we must develop new approaches to education that appropriately leverage emerging technologies, support collaborative learning, and prepare all students for the dynamic world they are entering. Join us to discuss our plans to leverage a 1:1 learning environment in Grades 5-12 to support personalized learning, engagement, and achievement.
In 2015, helping to transform 6th grade science program at Sandy Run Middle School, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation purchased 120 Chromebooks. Each 6th grader utilized a Chromebook during his/her science class, creating a one-to-one learning environment in which the students were able to collaborate on documents, analyze data and create digital media. This technology helps students progress from information consumers to knowledge creators. Teachers are now able to give real time differentiated feedback as student research and inquiry unfolds, shifting the role of the teacher from the “sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side,” building capacity for learner independence. This initial implementation has informed the district’s strategic planning for a broader implementation going forward.
To help expand the roll-out of this initiative to 5th -12th graders, UDEF has committed up to an additional $6,000 to cover internet access and other financial subsidies.