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Two Greenwich Schools To Start New Technology Initiative

Students at Hamilton Avenue School and Riverside School will be the first to test Greenwich's new Digital Learning Plan in the fall.
Students at Hamilton Avenue School and Riverside School will be the first to test Greenwich's new Digital Learning Plan in the fall. Photo Credit: Flickr user Brad Flickinger

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Hamilton Avenue School and Riverside School have been selected as the first to implement the Greenwich School District's new 1-to-1 digital learning initiative, one of Superintendent of Schools William McKersie's top priorities since being hired in 2012, according to a statement.

“Hamilton Avenue and Riverside Schools present the full range of student achievement in the District, from struggling learners to highest achievers and everything in between," McKersie said in the statement. "These two schools will serve as models for the district in how to infuse technology resources into instruction in order to personalize learning and improve student outcomes."

With money from the district's school budget and a Title I grant, students in kindergarten through second grade will have access to mobile iPad carts. The grant will provide devices for each of the teachers and professional learning for around iPad productivity, Apps and planning for instruction and managing content, according to the statement.

The Board of Education appropriated $1.2 million for the initiative in the 2013-14 budget.

The students and staff at Hamilton Avenue and Riverside Schools are "taking on a pioneering role," McKersie said in the statement.

The initiative will be rolled out into other Greenwich schools gradually over the 2013-14 school year.

Julian Curtiss and New Lebanon School will be next in line to receive iPads funded by the Title I grant, according to the release. The grant will also provide new laptop carts to students at Western Middle School.

That will be followed by iPads at Cos Cob School and Google Chrome Books at Greenwich High.

McKersie made the digital initiative one of his top priorities after being named superintendent in 2012 to ensure Greenwich students would be ready for new standardized tests that put more emphasis on technology and the Internet, in addition to preparing students for technology in college and the professional world.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing a new online standardized test that will assess student performance relative to the Common Core and will replace the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test by 2015.

An overview of the Digital Learning Plan is attached to this article.

For further information on the Digital Learning Plan, click here .

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