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Fox Chapel Area School District
611 Field Club Road / Pittsburgh, PA 15238 / 412.963.9600

1:1 Project-Based & Blended Learning

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As we continue our 1:1 project-based learning initative using iPads at DMS, the rich learning experiences will also continue to grow with our kids as they enjoy their middle school experience. 

 

What's New?

Distribution of DMS teacher-selected apps only.

Students will only have the apps we select on their devices.

Removing App Store and Self-Service Apps from student devices.

The App Store will not be available for students to download apps. We will distribute select apps.

 Apple ID accounts will now be assigned to sixth graders by the District.

We create the account and can now manage it, including changing passwords.

Schoology integration of Google Apps for Education, BrainPop.

Schoology is now fully integrated with PowerSchool and other applications for an integrated Learning Management Susem for Dorseyville.

Increased integration of project-based learning experiences.

The rich learning experiences through project-based learning continue into this year with increased opportunities for students to solve the tough questions of today's world.

FC•Connect mobile internet access program

Launching this fall, we will have a number of ways in increase offsite broadband access including: reduced cost home internet and mobile hot spots for home and traveling students and groups.

1:1 iPad Consent Forms for DMS. [DOWNLOAD]

 


In January 2014, the Fox Chapel Area School District initiated a pilot program to foster project-based learning using iPads. In the first year, seventh grade students at Dorseyville Middle School will be equipped iPads in order to deepen content knowledge and understanding. Learning through experience and investigation, the District desires to strengthen learning and increase engagement, inspiration, and accessibility. Our program grew to include two grade levels, grades 7 and 8, in the 2014-2015 school year. By 2015-2016, our entire middle school was engaged in Project-based Learning experienes with iPads. 

We have seen great projects and deeper learning develop with the assistance of these personal learning devices and look forward to what the future brings at DMS. 

 


pbl wordleTechnology has reshaped the way we work, learn, and play as well as redefined our social spaces and interactions. The Fox Chapel Area School District recognizes these advancements and desires to leverage the potential mobile learning devices bring to teaching and learning. These technologies further our mission to enable students to maximize their learning, achievement, and development. By providing iPads to our students, we enable equity of access to content, people, and resources in an atmosphere that both engages and inspires. In a connected world, learning becomes a continuous process that occurs anytime and anyplace; it is not limited by time and space. Students can utilize the iPads to not only consume information, but also produce high-quality, multimedia-rich content in a project-based environment that supports communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

This project seeks to transform the industrial model of instruction to best meet the needs of the 21st century learner as well as collegiate and workplace expectations. Project-based learning (PBL) provides an avenue of inquiry, discovery, connected curriculum, and content production. The learning environment is no longer taught in discrete, isolated subject areas nor constrained by time and space; learning is connected and occurs anytime, anyplace. The iPads help fully recognize this vision of PBL where students are engaged with and inspired by the learning.

 


Vision Statement: Establish a learning environment and culture that opens learning resources, promotes collaboration, and encourages deepened understanding through project-based learning.

Project Goals: Engage and Inspire, Enable Accessibility, and Embrace Change

Project-based learning - powered by contemporary technologies - is a strategy certain to turn traditional classrooms upside down. When students learn by engaging in real-world projects, nearly every aspect of their experience changes. The teacher’s role shifts. He or she is no longer the content expert, doling out information in bite-sized pieces. Student behavior also changes. Instead of following the teacher’s lead, learners pursue their own questions to create their own meaning. Even the boundaries of the classroom change. Teachers still design the project as the framework for learning, but students may wind up using technology to access and analyze information from all corners of the globe. Connections among learners and experts can happen in real time. That means new kinds of learning communities can come together to discuss, debate, and exchange ideas (Boss & Krauss, 2007).


What is project-based learning (PBL)? 

Project-based learning - powered by contemporary technologies - is a strategy certain to turn traditional classrooms upside down. When students learn by engaging in real-world projects, nearly every aspect of their experience changes. The teacher’s role shifts. He or she is no longer the content expert, doling out information in bite-sized pieces. Student behavior also changes. Instead of following the teacher’s lead, learners pursue their own questions to create their own meaning. Even the boundaries of the classroom change. Teachers still design the project as the framework for learning, but students may wind up using technology to access and analyze information from all corners of the globe. Connections among learners and experts can happen in real time. That means new kinds of learning communities can come together to discuss, debate, and exchange ideas (Boss & Krauss, 2007).