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 provided at each individual school site. Throughout the summer, teachers take advantage of hands-on personalized learning workshops to leverage their use of technology with students in our classrooms.
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.
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 renovated their Library Media Centers, with generous support from the PTOs, to incorporate SMARTLabs.
In the summer of 2018, all middle schools will renovate their Library Media Centers to serve as a Learning Commons, an active learning space that serves as the hub of innovative learning for the school.
In District 109, we practice digital citizenship by reminding students to Be True.
- Treat devices respectfully
- Report uncomfortable situations to an adult
- Use appropriately
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.
Raising children in the digital age is no small task. That's why District 109 is committed to raising awareness and building partnerships with our parent community to support our students. District 109 recommends Common Sense Media as well as the work of Dr. Devorah Heitner and Dr. Justin Patchin as resources for families to help navigate this new frontier of parenting.