GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich Public Schools has successfully launched Phase I of its Digital Learning Environment initiative, it has announced.
"We must transform teaching and learning in Greenwich to prepare our students to identify and solve tough problems, be they academic, economic, social, or political,” William S. McKersie, superintendent of schools said in a statement. “Problem solving will depend more and more on an array of digital resources that are accessed by individuals and by teams. Greenwich students--to be ready to succeed in college and career--must be immersed in a school environment rich with teachers and learning opportunities drawing on digital tools."
The initiative will serve as a catalyst for embracing the Common Core standards, personalizing teaching and learning and preparing students to be successful on the new standardized assessments, which will be field tested beginning in spring, the Greenwich school district said.
The Digital Learning Environment initiative rollout begins in two of its elementary schools, Riverside and Hamilton Avenue, with professional learning for staff on instructing with digital resources, and the deployment of personal devices to each student and teacher. It will expand to all schools by the 2015-16 school year.
As part of Phase I, the district has conducted an in-depth analysis of devices and has chosen the Apple iPad as its tool for digital learning in grades K-5. Starting in January and over the course of the year, 1000 iPads will be rolled out to all administrators, teachers and students at Hamilton Avenue and Riverside Schools.
Overall, the initiative will be a three-year, three-phase implementation designed to advance the transformation of teaching and learning and to accelerate the academic achievement and personal well being of all students.