The focus of Customized Learning within Farmington Area Public Schools is to provide technology tools and resources to the 21st Century Learner. Student learning comes alive through innovative use of technology integrated into learning environments across the district.
Engagement & Interactivity
Student engagement is elevated when learning is customized through the use of technology in the classroom. Engaging students in a digital learning experience allows students to see and interact with content in a variety of ways. Research suggests that when technology is integrated into instruction students not only learn technology skills, but students develop content knowledge and processing skills to prepare for the 21st Century work place.
Learning Anytime, Anywhere
When learning is digitized and made available online, students are able to access classroom content and lectures, collaborate with peers, complete projects, and participate in authentic discussions—all at their fingertips. Learning opportunities expand beyond the brick-and-mortar classroom and open the door to alternative learning environments including classes taught completely online, blended or hybrid classes with a mix of in-class and online experiences, and effective online interventions, supports and extensions to provide a wide array of educational services that meet student needs. Additionally, wireless saturation across the district combines with district and student-owned handheld devices to truly make learning anywhere, anytime a reality. This flexibility gives students control over the space, time, and context for their learning.
Collaboration, Communication, and Shared Learning
Digital communication tools are very much a part of the world that students live in. Educationally, these tools can be highly beneficial in capturing new ways of processing and engaging in our work. Digital communication tools such as documents in the cloud, email, wikis, blogs, and learning management systems allow students to collaborate with each other, their classroom, and the world electronically. Classroom tools such as these extend student learning and allow discussion to occur outside of school and class time. These digital interactions give students an opportunity to ask questions and answer questions, problem-solve, think critically, and use interactions with peers to gain a deeper understanding of subject matter. Technology transforms the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning. Effective teaching and learning with iPads integrates technology into the curriculum, providing students with valuable learning opportunities that otherwise would not be accessible.
For additional information on iPads for families and students go to ISD 192 iPads and Technology