Clear Springs High School Goes High Tech with Digital Learning Day

Clear Springs High School Goes High Tech with Digital Learning Day
Posted on 03/25/2015

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March 24, 2015

Clear Springs High School Goes High Tech with Digital Learning Day

A soft, blue glow could be seen across campus as students used their tablet computers to calculate measurements in Geometry, review health applications in P.E. and conduct peer evaluations in Forensics. Reading, writing and arithmetic went high tech at Clear Springs High School for the inaugural Digital Learning Day.

“The campus leadership team at Clear Springs was brainstorming ideas for activities that would create a culture of technology integration,” said Heather Wallace, Dean of Instruction for Clear Springs High School. Thus, the Digital Learning Day was created.

As part of Clear Creek Independent School District’s 1:1 Initiative, every class during the Digital Learning Day incorporated the students’ tablet computers. Teachers developed the day’s lesson plans to fit into one of several categories ranging from formative assessment and movie creation to adaptive learning and performance tasks. The day also included a “tablet check” during students’ advisory period where tablet technicians were on hand to provide support for any difficulties the students experienced.

Teachers were offered a wide range of support to encourage success for both students and teachers. The campus’ learning technology coach, instructional specialists and professional learning communities joined together to create innovative and engaging lessons for student use. To ensure that all students were prepared to participate in learning, the campus administration communicated with students, parents and the community leading up to the Digital Learning Day.

Teachers embraced the innovations. In a post-event survey, teachers expressed that their level of confidence with technology improved as a result of the Digital Learning Day. In addition, campus administrators have noticed an increase in the number of classrooms that are incorporating digital lessons into daily learning following the event.

The Digital Learning Day also proved successful with students. “Overall, we observed a higher level of learner engagement,” Wallace said. “When students are actively and authentically engaged in learning they are more likely to learn at a deeper level.”

The district's 1:1 personalized learning initiative will equip every student in grades 4-12 with a tablet computer so learning can occur any time, any place. Visit to learn more about CCISD's 1:1 initiative.

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