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Introducing PowerSchool Learning

Beginning this school year, the online learning management system PowerSchool Learning will be used by Linn-Mar High School students and staff.

According to Associate Superintendent Nathan Wear, “PowerSchool Learning is designed to help our students access a variety of learning tools in an online format.”

With the district moving to 1:1 computing, we will have the ability to help students achieve success within a digital environment with PowerSchool Learning, Wear said. Learning can now happen anywhere and anytime the student has their device.

The program “breaks down barriers for students compared to a traditional grade book format,” Wear stated. The online tool will allow students to access course or grade-level standards, support materials, as well as provide the ability to take courses in an online format known as blended learning.

To help students navigate their courses in the program, a set of specific icons have been created to assist them. The iconsPowerSchool Learning Heads represent priority standards and various methods of student learning (paper, group work, speech, test, quiz, etc.). “There will also be an icon that allows students to check their understanding as they progress through the course,” he said. This feedback is short, informal checks of learning that will help guide the student through the course.

Our teachers will be able to add helpful resources within the course in case our students have trouble accessing or understanding the content. Additionally, students will have the option to learn beyond the priority standard set within the course.

“Students will benefit from having all of this right at the tips of their fingers,” Wear added. “We know that quality learning happens outside the classroom. PowerSchool Learning will help our teachers and students to better reach the goals established for each course.”

For our students and staff, this is just the beginning.

“Our teachers will continue to develop courses within the program,” said Wear, “as we move toward a digital format, we know that our educators will continue to edit, revise, and improve digital activities for students.”

Director of Innovations Bob Read added, “The implementation of technology is based on the need to enhance learning for all students.” This means expanded choices for our students, personalized learning opportunities and support expansion of blended learning.

“The expansion of digital learning aligns with the districts beliefs (and plans) for learning, instruction, and assessment,” Read added. “Our priority is to increase student engagement, agency, and proficiency.” It’s these goals that will be “achieved through personalization of content, support, and continuous improvement.”