Renton School District Vision for Digital Learning:
Using technology intentionally and innovatively leads to greater equity and achievement for all students by:
- increasing rigorous learning opportunities
- enhancing authentic learning environments
- providing differentiated and personalized learning
- supporting collaboration, productivity, and creativity
- providing opportunities to develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills
In order to support our mission to have each student graduate with options and prepared to participate fully in our democracy.
The department of Digital Learning focuses on improving student learning through instructional models which intentionally and innovatively use technology.
Centrally, the team is led by the Director of Digital Learning and six Digital Learning Coaches, who serve to support specific schools, partner in specific content areas, and lead relevant projects (such as digital citizenship or support of the district’s Learning Management System). Additionally, teacher-leaders at schools support the work in a role with a stipend as a Technology Integration Specialist. Together, these positions help to increase collaboration, creativity, and productivity of students and teachers and help to develop agency and independence in order to support lifelong learning.
As defined in Every Student Succeeds Act:
DIGITAL LEARNING —The term ‘digital learning’ means any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience and encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practices, including:
- Interactive learning resources, digital learning content (which may include openly licensed content), software, or simulations, that engage students in academic content;
- Access to online databases and other primary source documents;
- The use of data and information to personalize learning and provide targeted supplementary instruction;
- Online and computer-based assessments;
- Learning environments that allow for rich collaboration and communication, which may include student collaboration with content experts and peers;
- Hybrid or blended learning, which occurs under direct instructor supervision at a school or other location away from home and, at least in part, through online delivery of instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.