Learning and teaching in the 21st Century compels us to envision and prepare for a future in which classroom – and maybe even school - walls have come down; teaching is student centred, flexible and inclusive of all; and technology abounds. BRSD recognizes that all learners need educational experiences in school and beyond, from cradle to career, to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world. To this end, we are committed to teaching and learning opportunities that increase our student's abilities around each of the 3Cs of creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.
Through well designed lessons students use the 3Cs to explore curriculum outcomes. Integrated themes, project based learning and technologies provide students with opportunities to collaborate, create and use their critical thinking skills to determine if they have achieved the final product, found the best information, solved the problem in the most efficient manner and represented their learning to its fullest.
In recent years school divisions in Alberta have received support from the provincial government to add a variety of technological pieces to their classrooms. Everything from computers to SMARTBoards is now standard fare. However, it's not the addition of this equipment that's changing the face of education, it's how it is used.
Battle River School Division continues to work with staff to transition from having this state-of-the-art equipment used to offer the same kinds of lessons to using technology to completely change the way that teachers and students access and use information.
Right here in BRSD, technology is already making it possible for teachers to incorporate online lesson plans, videos and resources from around the world into their daily teaching. Students can participate in debates with students in other countries; watch live streamed conferences and take virtual tours of museums, heritage sites or zoos located anywhere on earth.
Students use technology to enhance their own areas of interest or complete assignments and reports that reflect their personal creativity and strengths.
Many of our schools welcome and encourage students to bring their own devices – laptops, cellphones, touchpads – into the school and use them to access internet-based learning resources.
Along with the freedoms of technology comes another aspect of learning and teaching in the 21st century – digital citizenship. Such basics as respect, dignity, privacy, accuracy of resources, and adherence to copyright, all have an important place in the digital world, just as they always have in the classroom and school. Digital citizenship will be a key element to ensuring students achieve success in a technological world.