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Mastery Charter Schools: Getting Inspired by Blended Learning and Digital Literacy

Mastery Charter Schools envisions a future of confident, independent learners supported by personalized, blended, and culturally responsive teaching and authentic relationships with adults. To achieve this vision, Mastery knew it would have to design an approach to digital learning and use of technology that would advance the network’s equity goals.

The team researched approaches to embedding blended learning in every classroom as a way to personalize learning to student needs, close the digital divide, and prepare students for life after graduation. ISTE technology standards for students – which provide clarity about how to use technology in a way that empowers students – became an important resource for Mastery’s design work; the team even contacted other districts that had implemented ISTE technology standards so as to learn from their experiences.

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One-to-One Device Ratio

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Advice: Common Sense Education

Common Sense Education provides lesson plans, interactive games, professional development, and family education around digital citizenship.

Advice: Device Expectations

Establishing clear expectations with students and families is essential to making sure devices stay functional.