Thursday, September 27, 2012
Because of its innovative laptop and technology initiative, Salisbury Township School District is one of only 10 districts in the country to be named a Project RED Signature District.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Because of its innovative laptop and technology initiative launched last year, Salisbury Township School District announced it has been selected to participate in a national technology in education research program, Project RED. Project RED (an acronym for "revolutionizing education") was founded by three research organizations that studied the academic results and financial implication of education technology. Salisbury is one of only 10 school districts to be named a Project RED Signature District, said Randy Ziegenfuss, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. As a result, the district will get support, research and networking opportunities in the program. "It brings national recognition to what we're doing," Ziegenfuss said…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Salisbury School District's new Apple laptops offer benefits but are potential distraction, according to a district survey.
The new Apple laptops at Salisbury School District middle and high school offer benefits and challenges as teachers, students and parents adapt to the huge increase in access to technology, according to a district survey. Randy Ziegenfuss, Salisbury's director of data and technology, presented the October 2011 online survey results at the school district's Nov. 7 curriculum and technology meeting. The survey, which asked for the main benefit and challenge of having a laptop computer, was answered by eight parents, 297 students and 75 teachers. The survey found that, overall: * Parents are positive about the increased access their children now have to technology but are generally more concerned about off-task behavior, such as using Skype's…
Friday, October 14, 2011
Salisbury High School student representatives reported student were happy with their new Apple laptops, and the addition of ninth-graders and block scheduling.
Salisbury High School student representatives told the school board Wednesday that students have only given favorable reports about the district's laptop initiative that has provided a new Apple laptop for every student in grades six through 12. Students had been sharing laptops on carts. "We're not just using them for writing," senior Jacqueline Busolits said. "We've learned a lot of different applications to use across all of our classes. I learned how to use iPhoto for a project I'm working on." Busolits said other big changes at the high school have not fazed students and have improved their experiences. Block scheduling of classes has helped facilitate longer discussions and made it easier for her to learn complex topics, she said. …
Monday, September 19, 2011
Salisbury faculty to get more training on laptop applications.
The distribution of new Apple laptops to Salisbury Township School District students is off to a strong start, Superintendent Robert Gross told the school board. The new laptops, which were given to students in middle school and high school, are part of the district's plan called Teaching and Learning 2014. “The initiative is going very, very well at this early stage,” Gross said at the Sept. 14 meeting. Salisbury Middle School Principal Robert Cassidy said he was pleasantly surprised with how well the students in the middle school level have been handling the laptops. Salisbury High School Assistant Principal William Dovico said students and teachers are really excited about the laptops. The only problem students have is with the laptop …
Monday, August 22, 2011
Board hears concerns about children’s safety, cost of laptops.
Two parents questioned the Salisbury School Board at the August 17 meeting about the new technology plan called Teaching and Learning 2014 or TL2014, which involves students in grades six through 12 receiving district-owned Apple laptop computers. “I felt ambushed when I received the letter [about theTL2014 plan],” said Salisbury parent Liz Kuhns. She told the board that she is very concerned about costs to parents. According to the district’s website, all parents are required to pay $65 to insure each child’s laptop. There is a $50 deductible for a repair (or less if the cost of the repair is less) and a $250 deductible for theft or loss of the laptop. The website also notes that students who do not pay the fee are not allowed to remove a…
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Board also agrees to a plan to loan Apple laptops to students in grades six through 12.
The Salisbury Township School Board unanimously approved a $30 million final budget on June 15 for the 2011-2012 school year, as anticipated. Referring primarily to a reduction in revenue from the state, Superintendent Robert Gross said at Wednesday's board meeting, “Many school districts for years to come will find this a challenging atmosphere … It will certainly be a ‘do more with less’ situation.” Gross said he had the opportunity to talk to state legislators and state education officials this week about the trying times that school boards throughout the state are going through. “Make no mistake,” Gross said. “The goal is to increase charter schools and to make education competitive, much like a commodity instead of a civil liberty.” …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Plan introduced to school board could save the district $60,000, director of technology says.
How does a school district save money, but allow its students to have the latest in technology? Salisbury Township School District's technology director thinks he has a plan that could do just that. Randy Ziegenfuss, director of technology, presented a plan to the school board's operations committee on Monday, June 6, that would loan an Apple laptop loaded with the latest software to every student in the district in grades six through 12. Instead of buying and replacing the computers the district has now for $300,000, Ziegenfuss said the district could save $60,000 by leasing more Apple computers for $239,000. Elementary students would not get laptops, but additional computers would be available for use in their classrooms, he said. “If …