The Access Learning pilot project focuses on three main components:
- Providing educators with support and resources on instructional strategies that incorporate technology as a tool to engage students and promote collaboration and learning.
- Building capacity while providing support for schools to deploy and manage technology.
- Provide educators with core digital curricular materials for English language arts and connect educators with school specific digital resources for all other content areas to support the integration of technology in learning.
“Students must be aware of the global nature of our world and be able to select, organize, and design information to be shared, understood, and distributed beyond their classrooms.”
— NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH
“This is the perfect opportunity for kids. Teaching practices have grown to include 21st century skills and student performance has increased tremendously.”
“Having the technology accessible to students will not only enhance student learning, but allow students to move into the 21st century efficiently and successfully.”
“I have found that technology allows students to express their learning in many different ways. It also allows me to differentiate my instruction for students depending on their specific needs.”
— Feedback from teachers in Access Learning schools
In Summer 2013, the Department unveiled Access Learning, a pilot project to study the impact of technology and digital curricular resources on teaching and learning. This initiative takes advantage of ongoing Department efforts such as new technology for learning and the state’s broadband infrastructure while addressing some long-standing challenges facing our public schools. Lessons learned will inform next steps toward technology integration into curriculum and schools.
The following schools applied for and were selected to participate in Access Learning:
- Keaau Elementary
- Mililani Mauka
- Mililani Waena
- Moanalua Middle (Principal Lisa Nagamine offers her school's pilot experience here.)
- Nanaikapono Elementary
- Nanakuli Elementary
- Nanakuli High and Intermediate
- Pahoa Elementary
Pilot schools received devices for every student and teacher equipped with Common Core-aligned digital curriculum for ELA. Access Learning doesn’t focus on the device, however, rather on how technology can be a tool to support teachers’ efforts to personalize instruction and engage students. (Some early results were shared with the public in this presentation to the Legislature.) Some examples of potential outcomes include:
- Consolidating multiple books, publications, teacher handouts, and other learning materials.
- Connecting education to a near limitless supply of resources that could support personalized learning, tailored to the needs of the student, in line with the State’s implementation of tiered interventions to support student learning.
- Cultivating key technical skills for college- and career-readiness by exposing students to technology.
- Offering extended access to learning through online courses, web-based materials, and teacher-directed activities (with broadband access).
- Eliminating schools’ struggle with increasingly outdated and expensive printed learning materials.
- Help schools efficiently and effectively administer assessments by using the devices as opposed to cycling students through a computer lab.