Northeast 1506324011

Voorhees Township Public Schools

The district is mastering device management, while using technology to enrich the classroom. Students in the district use technology to support learning across all content areas, to build literacy skills and to encourage collaboration.

State: New Jersey   Number of Students: 2,926
School Type: Public School District Free and Reduced Lunch: 11.4%
Grade Level: PK-8 English Language Learners: 1.1%

State of Technology

Technology Pilots: Voorhees Township School District is rounding the first curve of its technology integration journey. The districtlaunched its 1:1 iPad initiative in the middle school this year and is piloting iPads in the elementary schools. Computers can also befound in classrooms, computer labs and libraries at the district’s schools.

Deeper Learning: While the district is mastering device management, they are also asking deeper questions, like “How cantechnology enrich the classroom?” Students in the district use technology to support learning across all content areas, to buildliteracy skills and to encourage collaboration. For example, a mobile distance learning station has been set up in one of theclassrooms at every school. At this station, fifth grade students who are showing proficiency in math use FaceTime on their iPads tovideo conference with an eighth grade algebra class as a way to get instruction at a more advanced level without ever leaving theirclassroom.

Prioritizing Professional Learning: As innovative uses of technology increase in instruction across the district, administrators arenow focused on how to get more teachers using technology. They are using innovative teachers to lead professional developmentand spread best practices in ways that are pressure -ree, so that good ideas take hold naturally. In the future, the district hopes toleverage badging and other online professional development tools to help spur teacher ownership around professional learningand technology integration.


Tech Needs & Requirements

Devices and technology must fit with the district’s infrastructure, which currentlysupports Windows PC and iPads. Professional development tools that incorporate video, support badging andempower teachers to pick up skills they are interested in learning.


Initiatives

The district is currently implementing a 1:1 iPad initiative at the middle schooland is piloting the program in elementary schools. The next group of teachersto pilot the 1:1 iPad program at the elementary level will be special educationteachers.

*Content From 2015

STAY UP TO DATE ON EDTECH
News, research, and opportunities - sent weekly.
STAY UP TO DATE ON EDTECH
News, research, and opportunities - sent weekly.