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Digital learning specialists will teach vital tech skills

Educational technology is expanding in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District 191 schools and classrooms thanks to the community’s approval of the Vision One91 technology referendum a year ago.  

“We’re excited to be expanding the use of technology for learning,” said Cindy Amoroso, assistant superintendent. “Our students need to learn technological skills to be real-world ready and prepared for college and career success — these are vital skill sets for today.”

That’s why beginning with the 2016-17 school year, all elementary schools will have teachers who serve as digital learning specialists. They will give direct instruction on technology skills and applications to all students throughout the year. They will also support teachers in using technology for instruction.  

To make it possible to have digital learning specialists, the focus of one of the elementary specialist positions will change from science to digital learning. Digital learning specialists will be in the rotation with the other specialists who teach phy ed, art and music at each of the ten elementary schools.

Science will be taught by elementary classroom teachers beginning next year. Their licensure includes science, and they will have an expanded science curriculum to embed in the regular instructional day.

“Science continues to be an important subject in our elementary schools as we prepare students for our STEA3M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, AVID, Advanced Learning and Math) middle schools and for many science-related learning opportunities at Burnsville High School,” said Amoroso.

Science courses have been added at nearly every grade level in the district’s new course guide for grades 6-12. At Burnsville High School, an addition of 50,000 square feet is being added and designed to meet the scientific needs of students.

For more information on Vision One91, go to the district’s website at www.isd191.org/vision191.

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Posted: Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:24