Personalization of Learning

Student using Chromebook Personalization of learning is a key component in the South Washington County Schools Strategic Plan. Personalization is one of the two plan’s objectives calling for the district to “engage, motivate and empower each student through personal instruction creating shared ownership of learning.” The district is working to meet this objective, in part, by providing more students access to personal devices.

Access to devices has been shown to help students engage in academic content and help teachers provide efficient and effective evaluations, feedback and interventions. However, the greatest impact is to help students develop skills needed for career and college readiness. At District 833, students will use technology to think critically, problem solve, collaborate and conduct research. Furthermore, all learners are expected to develop the skills necessary to be respectful, aware and safe digital citizens as they interact globally through technology.

Personal devices are just one tool to use in teaching and do not replace teachers. Students will not be on devices for the entirety of their school day. Personal devices will be used during class time thoughtfully and in ways that enhance existing lesson plans. When used responsibly, digital technologies can be an asset in an ever-changing digital age and can be used as an effective tool to personalize learning.

Starting in the fall of 2019, students at all four District 833 high schools will have access to a personal device. This is an expansion of a pilot project that the district began with five schools in 2013.

Learning Goals from Personalization Plan:

  • Provide students with a more flexible, self-directed approach to learning where teachers encourage student interest and choices.
  • Focus on the 4 Cs of learning and instruction (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking) to personalize learning and instruction.
  • Increase student engagement and productivity through personalized learning and equal access to technology. 
  • Extend and expand learning beyond the school day—anytime, anywhere learning including online course delivery.
  • Promote inclusion by providing opportunities that level the playing field for children with disabilities in general education classrooms.
  • Increase 21st-century skill development in collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, digital literacy, and global awareness. 
  • Teach students how to effectively utilize technology will help to prepare them to be successful in our future workforce.