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Michelle Benham
Director of Innovation in Teaching and Learning
623.876.7986
michelle.benham@dysart.org
          
Career and college ready graduates are engineered in Dysart by integrating technology into instructional practices that emphasize 21st century skills.  The use of technology by teachers and students for communication and collaboration, as well as in support of critical thinking and creativity, is essential to learning the skills and competencies necessary to achieve college and career readiness.    

The Dysart Unified School District is focused on raising the relevance and rigor of education.  Ensuring students are equipped with the skills necessary to meet the challenges and opportunities in a 21st century global society are at the heart of the mission and vision.  The goal is to graduate all students ready for college, career and a productive life in this new century. Dysart is dedicated to going beyond providing preschool through grade 12 students with just the educational basics. To accomplish this, the district must work collaboratively with all stakeholders and actively involve parents and community members as partners.
 
 
 
 

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BYOD and Infrastructure
The Bring Your Own Device site  provides information on the BYOD implementation process as well as how Dysart is using technology as a transformation tool.

Additional Resources:
Website
BYOD Video


 

picture of two male and one female child working together on a project Developing a Maker Mindset

The Dysart Unified School District is bridging the digital use divide by helping students develop a maker mindset. Through the use of makerspaces and the design thinking process, students transform from consumers to producers, creators, and problem solvers.

Additional Resources:
Website
Maker Mindset Video


 

female teacher with two students reading a book Planning for Innovation

Each school site has an Innovation Ambassador and New Century Learning committee to support 21st Century Learning with technology integration using frameworks such as the SAMR Model and the 4C's [Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking].

Additional Resources:
Innovation Ambassador Video
Innovation Ambassador Page


 

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Create, Collaborate, Share
All Dysart students and staff have a Google Apps for Education account.  These are used for DMail, Google Documents, Calendar and Sites to allow for a creative and collaborative environment.

Additional Resources:
Google Documents and Drive
Google Teacher Website Support
Google Trust Information



 

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Technology Showcase
Students from across the district show how they use technology as a tool for 21st Century learning in the areas of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking before select govening board meetings with the support of the campus Innovation Ambassadors.

Additional Resources:
Website


 

Engineering a 21st Century Graduate in the Dysart Unified School District Dysart Technology Policies
Dysart has set policies in place to support digital citizenship and information fluency with the use of various devices and online productivity tools and resources for our students and staff as we build 21st century graduates.

Additional Resources:
Website



 

  
 
 
Innovation Posters