The Duneland School
Corporation (DSC) is making technology an active part of teaching and
learning in the district through a 1:1 digital device initiative, the
district said in a press release today.
computing, also referred to as 1:1, allows each enrolled student to use an
electronic device in order to access the Internet, digital course materials,
and digital textbooks. The devices will help schools engage the digital
generation by nurturing individual 1:1 learning experiences and enhance
opportunities for learning with individual portable computers, the release
initiative, all students in grades Kindergarten through 10 will receive a
DSC device. Children in grades K-8 will receive iPads and students in grades
9-10 received Windows laptops. Students in grades 11 and 12 have the option
of using a school-issued device or bringing their own device.
By providing a
device to students, school personnel have a unique opportunity to offer
students a twenty-first century learning experience while also recapturing
the professional development time for staff that has been lost due to state
mandates, the release said.
Teachers and staff
will be creating instructional content for students while learning how to
better serve the community and students through eLearning days. These
eLearning days, which have been incorporated into the school calendar this
year, will help students prepare for a digital future as the district
embraces new technology.
The eLearning days
are scheduled for September 11, October 17, November 6, December 12, April
3, and May 7. Teachers will be in attendance at school on all six (6)
scheduled eLearning days and will be available online to assist students
with their lessons during specific time frames that will be communicated to
On the eLearning
days scheduled on September 11 and October 17, parents will have the choice
to send their children to school or allow them to complete any class work
digitally from home. Students who do attend school will also take part in
eLearning and will have the opportunity of working with school staff in
order to ensure they are comfortable with the eLearning day process.
Transportation, food services, and any other Duneland services will operate
normally for any who decide to send their students to school.
Schools will be
closed for the eLearning days scheduled on November 6, December 12, April 3,
and May 7. On these days students will receive their assignments and course
work through digital methods. eLearning days may also be added in response
to inclement weather.
In preparation for
the first eLearning day in September, the Technology Department has been
visiting all of the Duneland Schools to help distribute devices to students
in grades Kindergarten through 8. Students in grades 9 and 10 have already
picked up their devices and students in grades 11 and 12, who are not
bringing their own device will be issued a device on or before Labor Day.
integration specialists have been providing professional development to
teachers to prepare them for the eLearning days for the last two years.
Prior to the
eLearning days, teachers will work with their students to ensure that they
are prepared for the upcoming eLearning days and will review eLearning day
procedures and classroom expectations.
Teachers will be
available online during the eLearning day to answer questions or clarify
assignments. Teachers will communicate specific office hours within the
assignment. During office hours, teachers should be actively communicating
with students and parents.
students are encouraged to email and/or communicate with teachers via
Department is preparing a video about eLearning days that will be available
on the DSC website soon.