21st Century Learning

To help our students meet the challenges they face now and to prepare them for the future, our teaching leaders will use the most powerful asset we have - our student voice. Educating the whole child means interacting in this unpredictable world and nurturing all students accordingly while maintaining a structure to ensure accountability. Our learners will become active citizens who are healthy, safe and secure, engaged, supported, and academically challenged. In our newly-formed school community, we must develop an inclusive environment that embraces teaching-learning strategies, differentiated instruction, and technologies to reach every learner.

Our assessment practices need to frequently monitor student progress while emphasizing critical thinking within all pathways including university, college, apprenticeships, and workplace programs. Every student must be connected to meaningful learning in the classroom with caring relationships within our system and the broader community.

We welcome personal electronic devices within Alton’s our new secondary school community.  Students and staff use a wide variety of personal devices in their lives including phones, handheld devices, tablets, and laptops.  With the wireless network availability in our school community, we encourage the use of this student and staff owned technology by allowing students to BRING IT!  Our programs will use blended learning (teacher and student interaction with technology in the classroom) as well as forums beyond the school’s walls including opportunities for e-learning with some courses.  

The primary purpose of any technology is to enhance student and staff learning.  Promoting student engagement, innovative instructional practices, and positive student outcomes are supported through a learning environment that embraces technology.  

The framework outlined in the link introduces the norms for a positive environment as we embrace and encourage people to …  Bring I.T.!