Just like St. John Baptist de La Salle pioneered innovative ways of instructing students in 17th century France, teachers at DeLaSalle High School look for and use the latest 21st century methods of educating students.

DeLaSalle has led its peers among schools in Minnesota by incorporating technology into the classroom.

DeLaSalle launched the 1:1 IslePad initiative in the 2011-12 school year, among the first schools in the state to place a school-issued iPad in the hands of each student.

The iPad and its myriad educational apps, enhances the teacher-student relationship by bringing the world’s accumulated knowledge to the fingertips of each teacher and student. The use of cloud technology, coupled with software and online resources, such as iTunes U, Khan Academy, Sophia, Quia, and Subtext, enable teachers and students to collaborate on course material. Teachers can better track when and how much time students spend on their coursework, and give quicker feedback, freeing up classroom instruction by spending less time collecting and dispensing paper.

Adopted from the model used on campuses across the country, DeLaSalle has implemented Canvas as its learning management system (LMS). Canvas is a cloud-based LMS that connects all the digital tools and resources teachers and students will use in one place. Canvas integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps for the iPad or phone, empowering teachers and students with countless tools to make teaching and learning easier and more fun. Teachers are also able to communicate more effectively with both students and parents via use of online assessments message boards, learning groups, email, syllabi, calendars and more.  Using Canvas helps prepare De students for college and career environments and equip them with the digital and time management skills they’ll need for life.
Educators at DeLaSalle use blended learning to engage students’ learning styles and expand the classroom environment behind the bricks-and-mortar campus setting. What began in Math and Science classrooms has expanded across all academic departments as teachers present course material through recorded instruction. Students may watch a video describing the steps toward solving a math problem, for example, and then can ask targeted questions in the classroom the next day as they master the material. This blended learning approach allows our students to be better engaged in classroom practices, discussion, and accelerate skill development.