Personalized learning is coming to the Tomah School
A 600-thousand dollar.
three-year grant is making this style of education
In tonight's Assignment: Education report.
we'll take a look at what this means for students
at Tomah Middle School.
Sound from translator/student
I'm studying Manderine Chinese.
I'm studying Russian.
I am studying Arabic.
All three world languages are now being offered at
Tomah Middle School.
I'm taking a Rosetta Stone program.
This computer software program specializes in teaching
a foreign language.
8th grader Matthew Buss is one of six middle school
students who are piloting this foreign language program.
I thought it would be something different to try and
I've always kind of wanted to learn Chinese.
Matthew is learning Manderine Chinese as a part of
the Tomah School District's personalized approach
to exposing students to as many foreign languages
Our intent is to expose them to German and Spanish
their 6th grade year.
And then in 7th grade year, they get to pick between
three languages whether it's arabic, chinese or russian.
The foreign language computer software is being paid
for with grant money, and offers the students the
opportunity to learn at their own pace.
It was a little hard to use at first but then I got
used to it after a while.
So, it's been kind of routine now.
every 7th grader at Tomah Middle will get to choose
between Manderine Chinese, Russian and Arabic.
And they will all be learning with a computer.
and at their own pace.
The biggest thing we're hoping to learn is how can
we go ahead and implement this affectively for next
year based off our six kids.
based off their progress level.
Matthew is doing well in his Manderine Chinese class.
He plans to continue studying the language next year
when he enters high school in hopes of becoming fluent.
If I travel to other countries, I won't need a translator.
I can just speak to them in their native language.
To have the ability to be able to actually go ahead
and speak that foreign language and be fluent makes
you so much more marketable in that global economy.
And this personalized computer software program is
making it possible for Tomah middle school students
to get a taste for as many different world languages
This is the first year of the personalized foreign
The grant was given to the district by the Department
To be eligible.
a certain percentage of the student population within
the school district must have a military connection.
This grant is also paying for personalized learning
in math, as well.
The district is using a web-based software program
to give every student in the middle school a personalized
in addition to their regular math class.
The program will help high achievers stretch their
and also provide assistance to students who are struggling.