The Minnesota Tundra can’t freeze personalized literacy

Lakeville Area Public Schools will strategically continue to build the context, pathways and tools for world-class, personalized learning


The Lakeville Area Public Schools’ (LAPS) vision of world-class, personalized learning has driven and accelerated our work in digital learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

Personalized learning has the promise of providing anytime-learning, anywhere-learning, at-your-level-learning, and learning aligned to students’ interests. For LAPS, “world-class” means preparing students for the world they will encounter when they leave our high schools for college and/or for the work force and providing model 21st century learning environments that others want to emulate.

To meet this future, LAPS needed to create learning opportunities and choices that meet our students’ academic needs and focus on their strengths, goals, and passions. Over the past two years, we have implemented myriad digital tools and resources that have better prepared our students and brought us closer to achieving our vision.

LAPS began a full implementation of Google Apps for Education during the 2013-2014 school year – giving students and staff access to 21st century communication, collaboration and creation tools. In the fall of 2014, the district implemented Schoology, a learning management system where our students can create, manage and share academic content. The platform has allowed learning to extend beyond the school day and beyond the school walls.

Students can access classroom content and progress at their own pace using digital content created by staff. Also this past fall, the eight elementary schools began using myON Reader, a digital library accessible on the web anytime that provides students with a virtual library of over 7,000 books at their fingertips.

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