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Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

Technology has played a key role in making the new pilot program, Mass Customized Learning for Young Learners, possible at Medary Elementary. The new program takes an individualized approach to instruction, and bringing tech such as iPads with educational apps into the class is one way to allow children to work at their pace and skill level. Addy Gundvaldson works on an iPad in Lisa Shepardson’s second-grade classroom. To go along with the new pilot program, other changes, such as altering common terms (students are called “learners,” teachers, “coaches” or “learning facilitators”) and offering different seating that helps kids burn extra energy and focus during class. Kyler Soost and Martin Diedrich sit on ball chairs as they fill out worksheets in Allison Berndt’s kindergarten classroom.

BROOKINGS – Thanks to approval from the Brookings School Board Monday night, a new pilot program called Mass Customized Learning for Young Learners will come to Medary Elementary in a limited fashion during the 2017-2018 school year.

“(In) the Industrial Age, everything was about mass producing – how can you do that most efficiently,” Medary Principal Jessica Enderson said, explaining the idea behind mass customized learning (MCL). “The Information Age is really about mass customizing – how can you simultaneously meet the needs of all our learners to the best of our ability and have them excited to come back the next day as well.”

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