Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Moving Ahead with 21st Century Classrooms

More than ever, schools across the country turn to the web to access online materials to supplement and enhance instruction. San Diego Unified schools will soon be able to access online resources much faster. All elementary schools are scheduled to receive a much-needed boost in internet speed by the end of June.

This is part of a district-wide fiber optic network centralization that will be 400 percent faster and will eliminate out-dated T1 lines (copper wire networks). The network is mostly paid for through the Federal e-rate program, offering more than a 70 percent discount.

The Board of Education has placed a priority on digital learning that will provide teachers and students with essential skills to succeed in the 21st century. As teachers take advantage of access to web-based resources, more students can take control of their learning and extend learning opportunities beyond the traditional school day.

For more information, please contact Darryl LeGace, chief information and technology officer, at (619) 260-5474.

For more district news, see this week's Superintendent's Friday Notes.