Richfield Public Schools supports personalized learning through a variety of digital learning opportunities. #En-Rich is Richfield's personalized digital learning model that supports students and teachers in fostering instructional environments that focus on creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking (the 4C's of twenty-first-century learning). These environments are created with the use of personal learning devices, instructional software, and innovative teaching strategies. Students at Richfield Public Schools engage on multiple platforms on a daily basis to check grades, communicate with teachers, access digital assignments, and access digital curriculum. The core tools that are student utilized on a daily basis include Synergy (student information system), Gmail, G-Suite for Education, and Google Classroom. These tools all tie into the 4C's of twenty-first-century learning.
Elementary #En-Rich Model
At the elementary level, we are integrating personal learning devices on carts for students to access. Teachers at the elementary level utilize these devices in a variety of creative ways for students to demonstrate learning through project-based opportunities. Teachers receive professional development on thoughtful and purposeful technology integration that fosters student creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Besides the everyday school content, students learn a variety of skills through our digital and media literacy curriculum to prepare them for the future including quality, fact-based research, computer science, and digital citizenship.
Secondary #En-Rich Model
At the secondary level we are integrating personal learning devices through a 1:1 program where each student is assigned a Chromebook (like a textbook) to keep with them for use at school and home during the academic year. Teachers at the secondary level utilize these devices in a variety of creative ways for students to engage in and demonstrate learning. Teachers receive professional development on thoughtful and purposeful technology integration that fosters student creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Besides the everyday school content, students learn a variety of skills through our digital and media literacy curriculum to prepare them for the future including research, coding, and digital citizenship.
#En-Rich Instructional Model
Teachers across the district are trained in utilizing technology as a tool to promote the 4C's of 21st-century learning. They do this through a framework combination of the Charlotte Danielson framework for teaching and SAMR model for technology integration.
Digital Learning Access (1:1 and 2:1)
Project Overview and Guiding Research
The International Society for Technology Education and the One to One Institute financed an exhaustive study called Project Red of over 1,000 schools that provide technology and internet access for their students, in order to determine what practices of technology integration have the greatest educational results and return on investment. (Greaves, Hayes, Wilson, Gielniak, and Peterson, 2012) Their findings were comprehensive in nature and their key takeaways were that:
- Properly implemented educational technology can substantially improve student achievement.
- Properly implemented educational technology can be revenue positive at all levels-national, state, and local.
- Continuous access to a computing device for every student leads to increased academic achievement and financial benefits, especially when the technology is properly implemented.
At Richfield Public Schools we believe that all students deserve the right of access to a quality education-and in a digital world that means access to quality technology too. But technology is not a silver bullet. Good teaching is good teaching. Technology is a tool that can help teachers teach, and students learn-if used properly. We will work exhaustively to help our students , families, and staff become more digitally fluent through access, and regular educational opportunities with technology.
Understand What the Expansion of Access Means For Your Family
We are excited to announce that we are continuing to move forward with our digital learning model, #En-Rich, across the District . This learning model focuses on opportunities in all academic areas that allow students to be creative, think critically, collaborate, and communicate through the use of technology.
To support this learning model we want to ensure our students have the tools to be successful.
All grade K-5 students will have access to a classroom set of devices equal to or greater than ½ of the students in class. In other words, 1 device per 2 students. Chromebooks will be available in week 2 of the academic year-after students complete digital citizenship and digital fluency training. Students will also have access to media center devices that will help them learn about being quality digital citizens and provide learning opportunities in computer science and robotics
All grade 6-12 students will be issued a Google Chromebook as a take-home device. Students will have the same Chromebook for their entire career at Richfield Middle School, and then be issued a new device at Richfield High School for their career there. Chromebooks will be collected at the end of each school year and returned at the start of each school year. Students will be provided with a Chromebook and charger
Students will not be assessed a Chromebook User Fee anymore. Instead a standardized, tiered, annually renewing fining system has been established and can be found on the Technology Parent Information tab.