Jersey Ill. Schools Launch Technology Initiative

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Jersey Community (Ill.) School District is initiating an ambitious campaign to be on the cutting edge of technology to educate students for the challenges of the modern world.

Superintendent Ed Settles was fired up Thursday about digital conversion for the entire district.

Citing research by Project RED (Revolutionize Education), Settles talked about the benefits of personalizing education through technology, not only to students but the entire community.

"I'm excited," Settles said. "We're going to talk about digital conversion. We cannot continue to educate children the way we learned…We visited Mooresville (N.C.), and that community is exploding. They get 100 new families every year. Project RED, a nonprofit organization, has made some key findings."

Settles, along with several staff members, including Technology Director Keith Norman and Illini Principal Cory Breden, as well as school board members Cindy Cannon and Julie Pohlman, visited Mooresville Graded School District last spring. Mooresville has been nationally recognized as providing a model of how technology can be used to improve education, reduce dropout rates and save money. Now the school board wants Jersey to be the "Mooresville of the Midwest."

The school board voted unanimously to "dedicate" the district to bringing technology to every student as cost effectively as it can. Board member Don Mellenthin made the motion.

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