Yesterday, eSchool News released its list of winners for the 2011 Tech-Savvy Superintendents. The awards “recognize senior school district executives from around the nation who best exemplify outstanding leadership and vision in using technology to advance their district’s educational goals.” Listed below are some of the winners’ educational accomplishments as described by eSchoolNews reporters. Click here to read the full story. And if you are interested in learning more about digital learning, visit the Alliance’s web site.
Equipping Students and Classrooms with the Tools Necessary for Online Learning:
Matt Akin, Piedmont City Schools, Alabama
“In September, Piedmont became one of the first school districts in Alabama to, in Akin’s words, “engage in a bona fide one-to-one laptop initiative that provides a computer for students’ use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for all students in grades four through twelve.” With the help of a federal technology grant, the district acquired 800 MacBooks through a lease-purchase agreement. As a result, the project—called MPower Piedmont—has put a computer in 500 homes that never had one before…But Akin didn’t stop there. Realizing that 65 percent of his students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, he worried that wireless access might not be available to them at home. So he worked with local businesses and churches to bridge the digital gap. As a result, two of Piedmont’s three fast food restaurants now offer free Wi-Fi access. Additionally, churches are now offering free wireless access and supervision of students.”
Developing a Funding Model that Supports Technology: Read Entire Post
Michael A. Davino, Springfield Public Schools, New Jersey
“In developing Springfield’s 21st Century Technology plan, Davino designed a unique funding model that supports technology through a per-pupil allocation, ensuring that all students have access to the most innovative technology the district can support. School district business is streamlined through the use of SchoolDude.com for online work orders, and the school board is moving toward ‘paperless’ meetings and business.” design program.”