Meaningful and appropriate technology use is one key focus in enhancing learning in a flexible classroom. Technology can provide students with context and experiences that they may not have access to otherwise, while giving them more autonomy in the learning process.
Technology access is becoming increasingly prevalent in all K12 classrooms. Many districts have invested funds, especially over the last couple of years, to increase tech accessibility for all and teachers have become more confident in their ability to use technology within their classroom. Although there is increased access to technology equipment, many students, especially in certain demographics (students with disabilities, English Learners, students receiving free and reduced lunches) are not consistently engaging with technology in a way that improves and enhances their learning experience.
Although access has increased, there are many teachers who are still hesitant to integrate technology into their classroom experience.
“Tech for tech’s sake” is not the answer, as we cannot force teachers to integrate technology tools into their classrooms without showing them the benefit and reward that those tools can provide. We also must empower teachers to use technology in a way that leads to effective instructional shifts.
What We Believe
In order to effectively implement student-centered instruction, teachers must employ blended learning best practices to structure learning and provide individually tailored resources, supports, and content.
In order to manage an efficient, modern classroom, teachers must implement technology into their everyday practice.
In order to engage all learners, teachers must be innovative in their instructional design.
Teachers must create a flexible learning environment by using technology to drive the development of 21st century skills through collaboration and communication.
Teachers must support students to use technology creatively and purposefully to drive learning and to demonstrate understanding in a variety of ways.
Teachers must support students to use technology and digital tools to promote positive and safe interactions and build productive digital citizens.