On May 26, 2015, the Franklin-McKinley School District (FMSD) Board of Trustees approved a resolution for the 21st Century Teaching and Learning Plan to formalize the direction of FMSD’s instructional program. Three cohorts of FMSD schools were established to transform classrooms into technologically rich and highly engaging learning environments.
To commemorate the distribution of new iPads for cohort III schools, launch events where held at Meadows, Kennedy, and Shirakawa today.
"It was truly a fun Friday for students today when they saw those iPad carts roll out at each school," said Superintendent of Schools, Juan Cruz. "We want our students to explore their creativity, research various topics, and work collaboratively with their peers using this new technology."
In preparation for the technology launch, teachers at Meadows, Kennedy, and Shirakawa Schools received extensive training on shifting their instructional approach to include personalized learning and project-based learning strategies. Students will also receive in-depth instruction on digital citizenship, which includes safe browsing on the Internet and cyber bullying.
The Franklin-McKinley School District envisions an active learning environment where technology supports students in their preparation for an increasingly connected and digital world. As fluent users of technology, our students drive their learning and have innovative opportunities to create, think critically, communicate, and collaborate. Through a technology-rich environment, all students will be well prepared to become lifelong, global citizens.