In the fall of 2015, we began to implement our Blended Learning Plan which provides more access for students to learn through the use of digital medium and cloud computing. This first phase of implementation involves an increase in access to devices throughout all K-12 grades. At the K-2 level, the focus is the integration of classroom sets of 6 iPads per teacher. At the 3-12 grade levels, the focus is on increased access to carts of Chromebooks for use in the classroom.
During the 2016-17 school year, Cambridge-Isanti Schools is furthering the integration by implementing a 1:1 of Chromebooks in grades 5-9. Students in grades 6-9 will be given the option to take the Chromebooks home with them. Students in grade 5 will continue to utilize the Chromebooks in the classroom cart model.
Some of the more immediate benefits to blended learning strategies are:
- 24/7 access to curriculum and instruction
- Further utilization of individualized learning paths and differentiation
- Impacting lives by building relationships with students through a rigorous, relevant and engaging curriculum.