Chesterfield County Public Schools provides Chromebooks to students at all grade levels. In addition to using the computers throughout the school day, students have the opportunity to use their Chromebooks outside of school and engage in anytime, anywhere learning. This blended learning initiative puts thousands of Chromebooks into the hands and/or homes of Chesterfield County students.
Chesterfield County Public Schools has created a digital teaching and learning environment to better prepare students for college and careers. A key component of this digital ecosystem is our learning management system, Canvas. All teachers use Canvas for online instructional management and course communication. Additionally, Canvas integrates with the many applications students use for learning. Computers and internet access are vital in education because they are vital in almost all 21st-century careers.
When teachers leverage rich, interactive digital content in their instruction, students are provided with greater opportunity to personalize and tailor learning to their personal and immediate needs. In addition to engaging students in self-directed and relevant learning, this approach allows the teacher to help more students individually when needed rather than teaching large groups at the same pace through the same content. This method of instruction, which combines technology with face-to-face teaching, is called blended learning.
When all students have mobile computing devices, teachers are more apt to provide small group and individualized instruction rather than lecturing to an entire class. When every student has a device, students have additional opportunities to develop higher order and critical thinking skills. Mobile devices allow students more choice in directing their learning, help them create products that demonstrate their knowledge and provide easy access to up-to-date information; all of this leads to increased student engagement and academic achievement. With anytime and anywhere learning, education extends beyond the classroom and the traditional school day. Students are able to create, track and manage their own learning through the use of ePortfolios. With increased access to collaborative tools like Google Drive, students will find it easier to manage their materials. Instead of using printed workbooks that are quickly outdated, students can access current information. Computer-fluent students rapidly shift from being consumers of information to becoming producers of creative and innovative work. As a result, students are more likely to take greater pride in their knowledge and schoolwork and are more likely to see the value of education, thereby reducing the dropout rate and raising the community’s level of education.