Now Taking Flight… Device Assisted Learning and Instruction at Riley Elementary School!
As previously reported, Riley Elementary School was selected as a pilot site for the “Device Assisted Learning and Instruction,” or DALI initiative. DALI focuses on three major areas:
- Digital curriculum implementation
- Increased student access to mobile devices
- Connected Learning Environments
Digital Curriculum – Wonders
LPS implemented the Wonders Reading curriculum from McGraw-Hill during the 2013-14 school year. This year, Riley teachers are planning engaging lessons aimed at deeper implementation of the digital components of the Wonders curriculum. Lesson planning and instruction will be guided by District Curriculum staff, supported by an Instructional Technology Coach, and buoyed by increased access to mobile devices.
Student Mobile Devices
Access to mobile devices will be dramatically increased for students at every grade level. Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classrooms will be equipped with small stations of Dell laptops and additional carts of Dell laptops will be available for classes whenever they are needed to enhance instruction.
Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade students will each have their own Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Yoga for use while at school and the Fifth Grade students will begin taking their Yogas home near the midpoint of the first quarter of the school year.
All students will be instructed on school expectations and routines related to the safe care of the devices with special emphasis being placed on responsible use of the device while at school and at home.
Parents of Fifth Graders will be asked to partner with Riley to help students be successful while learning with the device outside of school hours. Students and parents will be asked to sign a Responsible Use Agreement before students are allowed to take the device home.
Connected Learning Environments
Upgrades to the wireless technology infrastructure during the summer laid the groundwork for classroom technology updates. Traditional classrooms have been transformed into Connected Learning Environments. All classrooms have updated projectors, Teaching Tablets (iPad Minis), Wireless projection capability (Apple TVs), and Document Camera stands.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What device will my child be receiving?
A: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students will be using a Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Yoga. Students in the 5th Grade will begin taking their devices home during the middle of the 1st Quarter.
Q: What is my financial responsibility if the Yoga is lost, damaged, or stolen?
A: Please refer to the Responsible Use Agreement.
Q: How can I monitor my child’s device use at home?
A: Best way to monitor the use of your child’s device at home is to continue to play an active role in their education by asking questions of what curriculum they are working on with the device, what sites are they accessing, and how are they enjoying using a digital device in their classrooms.
Q: What level of access will my child have to the Internet while the device is off campus?
A: The expectation is that this is an LPS device and students will use the device for educational purposes. As such, it will be subject to the same LPS filter off campus as it in on campus.
Q: What if my child forgets their device at home?
A: Students will be able to use a temporary device for their school day. If possible, please bring it to school for them.
Q: What if the device isn’t working properly?
A: Have your child make contact with our library/media specialist or building principal for support.
Q: Will CLC staff be able to support my child with this new technology?
A: To assist students during CLC time, staff will be trained and students will be allowed to use them during CLC time.
Q: What would you recommend as safe practices for using the device at home?
A: As a starting point, we recommend encouraging your student to use the case they were issued to transport the device, keeping the charger in the case when not being used, keeping the device in the case while on the bus, and making sure not to have food or drinks near the device.