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Transforming Education in the Greenwich Public Schools:

Implementing a Digital Learning Environment (DLE)

DLE Phase III Parent Workshop Schedule- February/March 2015



DLE ParentLink Letter, 11/17 - English

DLE ParentLink Letter, 11/17 - Spanish



PTAC DLE Meeting, October 20, 2015


The implementation guides provide guidelines on caring for your device and describe the Digital Toolbox, or list of software, recommended for student devices (iPad or Chromebook) for each grade band (elementary, middle and high school). GPS has prioritized a list of 15-20 "Power Applications" for each grade band. These applications have been prioritized for district-wide professional learning and support based on their demonstrated positive impact on teaching and learning in the classroom. The Digital Toolbox section of the Implementation Guide identifies the core function of each application and provides a brief description of how it supports teaching and learning. The remainder of the Digital Toolbox is comprised of grade band-specific standard applications (applications recommended by teachers and/or GPS curriculum experts), utility applications (applications with limited functionality that take a few minutes to learn), on-line textbooks/content databases, and on-line assessment applications.

In April 2013, the Greenwich Public Schools launched a three-year, three-phase Digital Learning Environment (DLE) initiative to
advance the transformation of teaching and learning and to accelerate the academic achievement and personal well being of all students. The DLE is designed to provide teachers with the resources necessary to both innovate and differentiate instruction according to the needs of each student and for students to personalize their own learning, making choices about how they learn and present their new knowledge.

In Phase I, the DLE served as a catalyst for embracing the Connecticut Core standards and other District initiatives and began to prepare students to be successful on the Standards Based Assessment (SBA), which requires the use of a digital device beginning with a field test of the assessment in Spring 2014. In August 2013, a project manager was contracted to implement the plan and a Director of Digital Learning and Technology was hired to oversee digital and learning information, and technology systems. The implementation of the DLE in this first stage also included professional learning for teachers and the deployment of personal devices to teachers and students in the Phase I schools, Hamilton Avenue and Riverside.

In SY2014-15, Phase II of the GPS DLE will expand the 1:1 initiative to the secondary schools, specifically the 6th grade. Phase III in SY2015-16 calls for the deployment of personal devices to every student in the District. The phasing in of the devices allows the District to best plan for the technological, professional learning, and operational management needs associated with the initiative, and to resolve any issues prior to a large-scale investment. Ultimately, the DLE will enable teachers and students to access the strategies and resources to increase learning for our high-achievers, help our ‘middle achievers’ to reach higher, and to plug gaps in achievement for our struggling learners.

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