VIRGINIA BEACH —The Center for Digital Education recognized Virginia Beach City Public Schools as a top 10 school district for its educational initiatives in a recent digital school districts survey. In a press release, VBCPS Superintendent Aaron Spence said, “Teaching, learning and technology are inextricably linked in education, and we are committed to leveraging technology to personalize and create flexible learning opportunities for today’s digital learners.”
Virginia Beach’s Digital Learning Anchor School initiative was prompted by the adoption of Compass to 2020, the school division’s five-year strategic framework. The framework’s strategies include providing students with personalized learning opportunities that incorporate the use of digital resources to prepare them for employment or post-secondary educational opportunities in a globally-competitive environment.
As part of the strategic framework, the following digital learning goal was developed: “To use digital learning as a pathway to personalized learning by increasing student flexibility with respect to when and how learning occurs.”
Following a study of national trends and best practices in digital learning, the school division identified basic tenants of digital learning and will implement and further develop them through the Digital Learning Anchor Schools initiative. The goals of the initiative are:
-To develop a cadre of schools to serve as model digital learning schools within the division;
-To study specifics in the field with respect to pedagogy and device implementation.