Digital Learning Tools

Posted by Scott Larkin on 9/12/2018 2:00:00 PM

Over the past 5 years, the New Hanover Township School District's Board of Education has bullishly developed our school's technology infrastructure. Today, our students learn in a technology-rich environment that includes personal Chromebooks for all students in grades 3-8, over 80 laptops, a hard-wired computer lab, 75 tablets, a multitude of intellectually engaging software programs, and more than enough bandwidth to satisfy our web-based needs. While I am proud that we have acquired this hardware, I am prouder of the manner in which our staff members utilize technology. The machines listed above are learning tools, not outcomes. Just this morning, I sat in on a lesson in which third grade students used Google Classroom to complete a mathematics assignment. These, mostly 8-year-old students, signed into their personal accounts, opened a document posted by the teachers, completed the assignment, and submitted it back to the teacher through Google Classroom. This snapshot displays our commitment to the proper deployment of technology in the classroom. Students completed a lesson rooted in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards with the stated objective of learning a mathematics operation. Technology was the vehicle, not the destination. If you have any questions regarding the use of technology at New Hanover Township School, please feel free to call my office.