15002 N. 32nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85032 602-449-2113
Digital Learning Experience
October 1, 2012 — May 6, 2013. Enroll now!
DLE students shown working collaboratively and individually creating video games with the online game creator, Sploder. (Photos (by Diana Flores)
Cultivating global thinkers requires building digital literacy. The Paradise Valley Unified School District has developed a curriculum designed for world-class thinking. As the need for digital literacy and skills continues to increase in today’s world, innovative use of technology has become tantamount to the academic success of this program’s academically advanced gifted students. Technology, combined with inquiry-based thinking and learning, keeps students engaged and progressing academically.
Teachers in this program have developed the pedagogy, curriculum, and instructional practices needed for 21st century learning. The teachers facilitate collaborative, student-produced multi-media projects through use of digital tools, the Internet and multi-media devices. Observers in this program see actively engaged, motivated students learning challenging and accelerated curriculum while taking an active role in their learning. This combination prepares them for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.
Differentiated curriculum and instruction for these digitally-proficient students encourages them to take an active role in their learning and sets them on a pathway that prepares them for the challenges and accomplishments they will encounter as 21st century learners.
The Digital Learning Experience (DLE) provides a free, digital learning experience for gifted and talented students who attend charter schools, private schools, other school districts, and PVUSD. This hybrid program utilizes pvLearners (PVUSD's intranet), pvONLINE, and face-to-face meetings where students engage in 21st century digital, project-based learning experiences.
In the Digitial Learning Experience, students integrate language arts, global studies, sustainability, and technology through project-based learning.
Digital presentations of learning encompass themes such as:
STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics)
Educational technology utilized in this program includes:
Web 2.0 applications
Digital media production applications include:
Final Cut Express
YouTube editing software
Technology devices used include:
MacBook laptops for individual and small group collaboration, research, web-based learning, and first-level production.
iPads for research, video production and consumption of multi-media resources.
iPod Touches for face time, text communication, and instant access.
iPods, pocket cameras, and digital cameras, and (student owned) smart phones are used together with laptops to enhance the curriculum
Class meetings will be held after school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Digital Learning Center located at Sunrise Middle School. 4960 E. Acoma Dr., Scottsdale. Students can select the days they attend.*
Students accumulate a minimum of 225 face-to-face and online hours in any combination during the following time period.
Program runs October 1, 2012 - May 6, 2013.
Gifted qualification of 97% or higher in at least one area: Verbal, Nonverbal, and/or Quantitative
OR, IQ of 130 or higher
OR, Exceeds in AIMS in at least two of the three areas: Reading, Writing and Math, with no less than Meets in the third area. Please use 2011-12 scores.
OR, a score of 90% in all areas of a norm-referenced standardized achievement test (such as Terra Nova, ITBS, SAT, ACT, MAT)
Students will be expected to:
Be self-directed and self-motivated learners
Have a desire to investigate social and educational dimensions of information technology
Be interested in information technology and digital learning processes
The Digital Learning Experience program begins Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, and we will be accepting applications now through that date.
To apply for the DLE:
Complete the application (Download from the link below).
E-mail, mail, fax, or hand deliver the completed application and supporting documents to the PV Schools Gifted Education Office.
The Gifted Education Office will notify you of acceptance.
To enroll in the DLE:
Once accepted into the DLE, students will be sent a link to enroll through pvONLINE. Student enrollment documentation will be included at this time.
Application packet includes: gifted test scores OR achievement test results (grades, AIMS, etc.), student self-evaluation, student/parent contract