Learning Technology Plan gives students – and teachers – tools to learn

In 2012, St. Vrain Valley voters passed a Mill Levy Override (MLO) that continues to advance and impact student learning across the district. Born from the 2012 MLO, the district’s nationally recognized Learning Technology Plan is putting powerful learning devices into the hands of students and teachers, enabling a higher level of collaboration and advanced, personalized learning.

With device rollouts completed to all St. Vrain middle and high schools, a recent survey found that approximately 90 percent of students and over 90 percent of teachers find the devices beneficial to the classroom environment.

“The iPad lets me research things easier and go farther on projects,” said one Westview Middle School student. “Even for projects that aren’t on the iPad – like a model a friend and I made – I could still use the iPad to plan and keep track of everything.”

For many students, the devices not only allow for better communication, collaboration and organization, they also help to extend learning at home.

“Not everyone has technology at home but now they do,” said one Sunset Middle School student.

In St. Vrain’s three elementary pilot sites – Thunder Valley K-8, Erie Elementary School and Eagle Crest Elementary – teachers are using classroom sets of iPads to find new ways to engage students with their daily learning. One example is Book Creator, an app that let students write and publish their own stories that fellow students can interact with through reading, drawing and recording what they’ve learned.

For teachers across the district, the Learning Technology Plan has been a nexus for creativity and individualized instruction that is transforming how they teach and how students learn.

“Not only do we read and understand a story, but we can connect background info through non-fiction, videos, articles and so much more.” said a Coal Ridge Middle Schoolteacher. “We can go way beyond the classroom and learn about people, places and concepts that we didn’t have access to before.”

Follow the progress of the Learning Technology Plan at http://ltp.svvsd.org.