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Innovative Learning

Innovative Learning

Marcie Faust
Director for Innovative Learning
847-945-1844 x7220
mfaust@dps109.org
Director’s Blog

1:1 in 109

District 109 is a 1:1 teaching and learning environment. Students in grades K-2 each have iPads to enhance their daily learning in and out of school; students in grades 3-8 have Chromebooks.

Teachers further their ability to use technology to enhance their teaching through various professional development opportunities. An online “Deerfield University” allows staff to follow modules that interest them and work at their own pace. The annual Teaching & Learning Conference allows teachers to attend several professional development sessions of their choice, many of which focus on enhancing their classroom with technology.

The District also supports parents’ understanding of technology by hosting evening events focusing on technology and digital citizenship.

Our Technology Department supports the infrastructure and provides support to staff and students.

A 1:1 website developed when District 109 launched a 1:1 environment in 2014 gives more background and information about 1:1 in 109.

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Innovative Programs

District 109 offers innovative programs for students, and facilities to support student engagement and learning. Students in the middle schools have choice in elective classes, including:

  • STEM: Students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) course select “learning launchers” that take them through hands-on, minds-on projects in STEM and applied technology, such as software engineering, robotics, circuitry, and mechanics/structures.
  • CMA: Like the STEM labs, the Communication Media Arts classes offer a variety of learning opportunities, including computer graphics, video production, digital communication, and more.
  • Digital Music Studio.

In 2014-2015, the Shepard and Caruso science classrooms and labs were renovated to become state-of-the-art facilities with flexible space that enhances teaching and learning – and excitement about science. Designed with detailed input from District 109 science teachers, the labs have received awards and are models for other school districts.

In the summer of 2016, all elementary schools will be renovating their Library Media Centers, with generous support from the PTOs, to incorporate SMARTLabs.

Digital Citizenship

In District 109, we practice digital citizenship by reminding students to Be True.

  • Treat devices respectfully
  • Report uncomfortable situations to an adult
  • Use appropriately
  • Everyday

Using an interactive presentation tool called Nearpod, all classroom teachers in District 109 teach a series of digital citizenship lessons created by Common Sense Media. Our teachers and school librarians spend time early in the school year teaching these important skills to lay the foundation for safe and appropriate technology use. To learn more about the digital citizenship lessons being taught at each individual grade level, please see our Nearpod Common Sense Media Lesson Guide.