How can we meet the needs of students in the 21st century? How can we use technologies to align with curricula in order for our students to be digital fluent – to communicate, collaborate, connect and critically think?Saskatchewan’s educational system will foster the comprehensive and systematic development of knowledge, skills, dispositions, and judgements essential for DIGITAL FLUENCY in educators and students.
Saskatoon Public Schools’ Vision for Technology Use
Students will use technologies in transformational and inquiry-based learning environments with teachers who use a variety of technologies to create the conditions for deep learning. We attend to the educational use of technology through the lens of Saskatoon Public Schools’ vision, our learning priorities and the Continuous Improvement Framework.
To assist in the attainment of the outlined vision, Saskatoon Public Schools has created a digital backpack of literacies students require to be adept, appropriate and critical in their uses and understanding of technology. Each document in the digital backpack outlines the detailed hardware, software, and instructional support materials to provide for project-based learning experiences in various formal and informal environments.
Technologies to enhance digital literacies emerge and evolve, including apps for iOS and Android devices. The Saskatoon Public Schools’ Elementary LibGuide details technologies which could be used in addition to the supports outlined in the digital backpack.
Throughout the session, we looked at different ways to determine to gather and provide feedback in order to check for understanding, respond to questions, and to determine next instructional steps. As educators, we should gather formative assessments frequently, and while or after a new idea, concept, or process is introduced.
It is imperative to look and to listen. Observing the actions, behaviours, and words of students provides valuable data and serves as a formative assessment (Edutopia). Technology can also assist with the provision of formative assessment data. The following technologies were used to monitor and gauge the session’s progress:
The participants were asked to respond to the question as a blog comment:
How will you develop digital fluent students?