The Cherokee County School District is once again ranked in the top 10 large school systems nationwide for its technology implementation in education.
The district’s eighth-place honor is a result of the annual Digital School Districts Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association. The survey compares public school systems from across the country and gives Top 10 rankings to systems that fully integrate technology into the classroom, and throughout the district as a whole.
With this year’s recognition, CCSD has made its eighth appearance in the top 10 since 2004.
“Our students must be globally competitive today and tomorrow, and understanding technology and how to best use it has become just as important in our schools as reading, writing and arithmetic,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said. “For the past 15 years, we’ve made it a top priority to equip our classrooms with technology and our teachers with the knowledge to put it to its highest use. Technology is integrated beyond our classrooms — it assists us in being better stewards of tax dollars and better communicators with the community.”
The survey evaluates areas of digital and emerging technologies including: the integration of mobile devices and technology into curriculum; technology leadership and transparency in school board policies and meetings; strategic planning, data management and safety; and education delivery models and professional development opportunities, including instruction in and the use of technology tools by teachers and students.
“It’s really exciting to see the unique and creative ways districts are using technology,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president for the Center for Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. “These outstanding innovations are moving us forward. We see these leaders as an inspiration to other school districts to continue leading education into a digital future.”
School systems also were judged on digital content and curriculum strategies; infrastructure and networks; and participation in bring your own device programs, which is happening system-wide through the district’s Bring Your Learning Device to school initiative.
The Top 10 list also highlights outstanding use of technology to govern school systems, improve operations and communicate with students, parents and the community at large.
“Through the leadership of local school boards, we continue to see that technology tools and practices are transforming America’s public schools,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director. “The school districts honored in the 2013 Digital Districts Survey serve as national models for education technology innovations.” For more information about the Center for Digital Education, visit its website at www.centerdigital ed.com.