- Claire Engle, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation
- (732) 751-2480 x3844
Howell Township is among the most technologically advanced school districts, receiving accolades by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association as one of the Top 10 Digitally Advanced school districts in the nation.
In an effort to increase student achievement and close achievement gaps, the Howell Township School District embarked on a 21st century digital conversion to utilize technology in ways that will improve teaching and learning through increased student engagement.
Today’s rapidly changing world requires that our students learn in relevant, real-world 21st Century contexts which foster and encourage collaboration, communication, and develop problem-solving skills. All of these skills are necessary to adapt to and navigate in a global society driven by twenty-first century technologies.
To this end, the district established a Technology Task Force, comprised of community members, teachers, administrators, support staff, students, and members of the Board of Education. The task force was charged with establishing a 21st century learning environment that develops responsible self-learning leaders, and prepares students to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, by engaging all students in meaningful programs which meet their individual needs.
The Technology Task Force identified the knowledge and skills that students would be required to master, researched key pillars for achieving a 1:1 technology environment, visited districts that successfully implemented 1:1 programs, and explored various technologies. The Technology Task Force presented a recommendation to the Board of Education for their vision for a 21st century digital conversion.
To support a 21st Century learning environment, students attend formal Computer instruction, where they learn how to code using various tools and programming languages.
Students in grades K-2 share tablets, and students in grades 3-8 are assigned a laptop. Students in grades 3-5 leave the laptops in the school, while grades 6-8 students take laptops to each class and home. Additionally, teachers utilize digital learning tools to make material accessible and engaging, and encourage students to create, communicate, and collaborate in ways never before possible.
Our digital learning management system is utilized to customize content for students, provide self-guided and self-paced courses, assess students and monitor their process, as well as provide feedback.