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We are excited to be continuing with the grade 4 through 9 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative. This initiative is to have our students learning with access to their own electronic device (chromebook, laptop, etc.) both in the classroom and at home. We have now completed our second year of the program and continue to receive positive feedback. Both staff and students involved in the initiative have reported a great impact on learning.
- increased student engagement and motivation
- improved organization and academic achievement
- increased creativity, innovation and opportunity for student choice
- increased collaboration and communication among students, staff, and parents
- improved digital literacy and digital citizenship skills
- improved preparation for students future
This 1-to-1 technology program is a bring your own device (BYOD) initiative. We are encouraging students to bring a laptop they already own or purchase a laptop to use in the classroom. If you are looking for more direction and information about the program or some guidance on what to purchase please visit bit.ly/mls1to1. Here you will find links to additional information and resources such as our 1:1 Technology Initiative Frequently Asked Questions.
We will be offering two parent information sessions where we will be sharing the initiative in greater detail. The information sessions cover:
- why this is important and how it impacts student learning
- our journey to implementation
- student, staff, and parent feedback from current participants in the initiative
- details of the program and opportunity for question & answers
The BYOD 1-to-1 information sessions are scheduled for Wednesday May 28th from 6:00 to 7:30 and on Thursday May 29th from 3:30 to 5 pm. All parents are welcome, but it is especially important for parents of students entering into grade 4 next school year and any parents of new students to attend. Please take 1 minute to provide feedback by visiting bit.ly/BYODInfoSession to help us plan for these sessions.
We are very excited for the learning opportunities and possibilities this initiative is providing for our students. We value your input and appreciate your partnership with us to continue to work together to create powerful learning environments for our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or school administration.
Please indicate when and if you will be attending!
This is especially important for:
Grade 3 parents
Parents of new students
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On Monday, Parkland School Division hosted the CASS (Council of Alberta School Superintendents) Professional Learning Day – Engaging and Inspiring Leaders and Learners. There were various workshops throughout the day on Technology and Innovation, facilitated by PSD staff.
Travis McNaughton facilitated a workshop on BYOD in the Middle Years. It was an opportunity for us to celebrate and highlight some of the amazing learning opportunities that our students are experiencing in our classrooms. Thank you staff and parents for your dedication and commitment to transforming learning for our students.
We were privileged to bring representatives from our Student Tech Team (Patryk, Bradley, Joey, Matthew and Colton) to share their experiences. THANK YOU gentlemen for sharing your passion and commitment to integrating Technology and Leadership in our school … Creativity, Innovation and Leadership … are all skills you use each day to do your job … and you do it with excellence!! Thank you!
Hi there everyone.
Just a few reflective thoughts as we head into summer …
Leader In Me …
Our students have consistently demonstrated the 7 Habits this year and it was incredible to witness their leadership in our Celebration Assemblies. Our students see a leadership opportunity and they … go for it. I am grateful for the Leader in Me Initiative, which is giving us a framework and a common language for leadership.
Thank you again for an AMAZING year at Muir Lake School ! Mr. McNaughton and I were reflecting Friday afternoon after the hallways were quiet. We were talking about how proud we are of our learning journey this year … especially in technology. As a staff, we have all taken risks as learners … and our students and community have truly benefitted. It is very, very exciting!!!
As we held our final staff meeting of the year. We took time to give thanks for this year. Mr Rowse kicked off our Round Robin in style … ” I am grateful for everyone in this room”, he stated.
We proceeded around the room to hear many comments such as
… how truly GREAT our students are
… how much we are going to miss this group of grade nines — they have touched our hearts deeply …
… we have a very supportive parent community
… we are really blessed here at Muir Lake
… what a great place this is to work
… what an awesome place this is for their own children
…”I love it here!”
… etc …
… Synergize … Sharpen the saw …Think win win …
We are excited to be extending our 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative into the 2013/2014 school year. This initiative will continue to have our students learning with access to their own electronic device (chromebook, laptop, etc.) in the classroom to be used when it is the best tool for the learning activity. This 1-to-1 pilot began with our grade 9 and grade 4 classes; however, we are excited to expand this initiative to invite all of our students from grades 4-9 to participate.
Research indicates and we believe that creating a 1-to-1 learning environment will:
- increase student engagement and motivation Continue reading