According to Frank Belluscio, the deputy executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, the idea behind the Future Ready Schools – New Jersey program is to promote digital learning in NJ schools and to recognize districts that have advanced the concept.
“Digital learning is the infusion of technology into instruction with a purpose, and it’s to strengthen the students learning experience,” he said.
Belluscio believes this is a multi-faceted approach to enhancing digital learning.
“We’re looking at ways to assist school districts in securing the equipment and services they need, whether it is hardware, whether it is broadband, and we’re also looking at ways to effectively implement those services and equipment into the instructional program,” he said.
Belluscio said the plan is to introduce this program this fall, but first there will be a push to collect data.
“We’ll be looking at what schools are doing now, we’ll be looking at their technological needs and then moving on from there to develop criteria that they could use then to ensure effective digital learning in the classroom,” he said.
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