Thursday, April 21, 2016

National tech survey recognizes three Illinois districts

Three Illinois school districts are among the 30 winners of a national award for technology use that recognizes school boards and districts that are helping to expand student and parent engagement, the use of data analytics, and more.

The top Illinois winner in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s annual Digital School Districts Survey is Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights. The district earned second place among large student population districts (12,000 students or more). 

“The award exemplifies the district’s commitment to innovation with technology embedded in teaching and learning,” said Keith Bockwoldt, director of technology services at District 214. “Our students are growing up with these tools and the district is grateful to have a board of education and staff that supports technology innovation with a laser-like focus on student achievement.”

The two other winning Illinois districts were both chosen in the small student population district category (3,000 students or less): Geneseo CUSD 228 (4th place), and Lindop School District 92, Broadview (5th place).

Board members at the Geneseo district won praise for use of Skype or iChat to access important meetings if off site and to appear via live-cast on a screen in the board room.

The Lindop district was recognized for organizing a public technology committee that involves administration, teachers, parents, board members, and community representatives to come and recommend new technology.

“The results of the Digital School Districts Survey exemplify how visionary leadership in the board room supports the innovative use of technology in the classroom and in the delivery of district services,” said National School Boards Association Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel.

Top-ten rankings are awarded to the school boards and districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. All U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate, and hundreds of districts took part.

School districts’ use of technologies such as digital literacy training for parents, student-run technology support centers, robotic systems that record classroom teaching and learning, and data analytics earned top rankings in the survey.

View the full list of school districts honored here.