Schools to make technology a priority in the years ahead

Posted on Monday, 5/13/2013 4:55 pm

In recent years, many schools across the nation have gone through several changes due to everything from the creation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to the easy access many institutions have to advanced technology.

Soon, students within the Manchester School District in New Hampshire, as well as Myrtle Beach High School in South Carolina, will be affected by both the CCSS and new technology. Not only are these institutions located in states that have adopted the Common Core, but they are also making a big push to ensure that pupils are prepared for the challenges that await them throughout their academic and professional careers. Here is what students can expect from these two entities in the years ahead:

Manchester School District
Big changes are coming to the Manchester School District thanks to $2.8 million in educational funding, the New Hampshire Union leader reported. Security upgrades, new computers, Wi-Fi access and improvements to the school library are all coming to the school system.

For Manchester, the technological foundation they lay down will enable them to eventually introduce a Bring Your Own Device program. Those who cannot bring their own computer to class will receive one.

In addition to enhancing the quality of instruction in the school district, this move is designed to close the technology gap that exists in several of Manchester's institutions, according to Jeff DeLangie, the school system's IT director. As teachers may not be familiar with the technology being introduced, some of the funding will go toward training them. This will ensure that whether educators are using faculty software or software for students, they will know exactly what they are doing.

Myrtle Beach High School
Meanwhile, in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach High School has created a Tech Academy, which is essentially a school within a school, according to The Sun News. Through this technology program, students have a chance to receive a blended learning approach to instruction that allows them to go deeper than they could in a traditional class format.

To date, the students who have participated in this program, which has a greater focus on projects, have enjoyed it.

"I really like this - it gives me other skills I can do, not just some math stuck in my head," Jacob Jernigan, a Myrtle Beach freshman, told the news source. "I don't like books, and with projects, I usually learn more."

Jernigan's fellow freshman, C.J. Wilhoit, is also pleased with the Tech Academy experience, saying that students have free will to take their projects in a direction that interests them.

Officials at the high schools have big plans for Tech Academy. For instance, 100 freshmen will be included in the program beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. The goal is to have all types of pupils participate in the program, from students with disabilities to those who are considered gifted.

Ultimately, the activity at the Manchester School District and the Myrtle Beach High School Tech Academy just goes to show how important technology is becoming in the American education system.


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