Digital Learning Day Spotlight:
Farmington's Learning Initiative – one of the largest, longest running district One-to-One efforts anywhere
The Farmington Learning Initiative (FLI) is the primary strategy for improving student achievement through the use of technology. The FLI provides every secondary student with a laptop and provides teachers with technology equipment and professional development to enhance their ability to integrate technology into all curriculum areas. A major goal of the FLI is to provide students with educational opportunities which allow them to demonstrate their learning through the use of technology in a variety of ways. We believe that giving students 24/7 access to technology will result in higher student engagement, deeper and more complex learning, and improved performance on state standards and benchmarks.
With a strong emphasis on 21st Century Skills (http://www.p21.org/) the FLI focuses on fusing the traditional curriculum of the core standards with critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation.
The Farmington Municipal Schools has long recognized the potential for technology to improve and enhance the educational experience of our students. Early technology implementations in the mid-1980s focused on the installation of computer labs at each school. In the early 1990s the vision expanded to include more computers in individual classrooms and libraries. The late 90's saw an emphasis on ensuring that every teacher had a computer and that all classrooms were networked and had access to the Internet. The idea of a 1-to-1 initiative where every student has access to a computer at any time is a logical progression for Farmington Schools and one that has been in the visioning and planning stages for approximately 7 years prior to the full 1-to-1 implementation in 2008.
Statewide Licenses Available to all New Mexico Students and Teachers
PED has worked with leading software providers to make their products available for free to all New Mexico students and teachers. The current listing of offerings is shown below:
ESRI K12 GIS Free Online Mapping Software and Resources:
Esri is providing free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts – the same GIS technology used by government and business – to every U.S. K-12 school in America. These allow users to map and analyze data, create and share content, and collaborate in the cloud – via computers, tablets, or smartphones, anytime, anywhere connected. This commitment expands on Esri's successful program in pilot schools at all levels across the country, and will allow students to do projects of unlimited content, from global to local, so that they can build community, as well as build knowledge and skills for college and career. You can start learning even before your school has access to its free software.
The most intuitive way to design, document and communicate your ideas in 3D. SketchUp is useful from the earliest stages of design to the end of construction. Programming, diagramming, design development, detailing, documentation, RFIs—wherever you need drawings, you need SketchUp Pro. New Mexico has a statewide license, good for use in all public K-12 schools, at no charge. The current license is good until June 2017. Your District CIO or Technology Coordinator, can obtain the license codes HERE
scrible (free student edition)
scrible revolutionizes how you read/research online information and bring it into the writing process. It lets you save articles from your browser and annotate, manage and collaborate on them in the cloud. Our Student Edition adds premium academic features (citations, bibliographies, paper-writing, etc.). Students use it to scaffold and simplify the online research and writing process. Teachers use it to support the vital research and writing skills students need for college and career success. For more information please view this 90 second video: https://youtu.be/fLsOwUr27t4
Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Whether you're a student creating scatter plots for a biology lab, an educator teaching business and economics, or an administrator making decisions about budgets and enrollment, Tableau Software provides an easy and fast visual analysis experience to help anyone find real answers in their data. Best of all, Tableau is free for active students and instructors.