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D-300 to explore tech uses in schools

Published: Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:44 p.m. CDT

CARPENTERSVILLE – Roughly 15,500 students could help shape the future of technology in District 300 classrooms through a nearly districtwide survey being distributed this week.

All students from third through 12th grades will be asked in the Carpentersville-based school district’s first technology survey what technology they use in the classroom, their comfort level and understanding of it.

Nearly 1,500 teachers and administrators will be asked similar questions.

The survey findings will help update the district’s comprehensive technology plan that will assess “through a curricular lens” how technology such as laptops, desktops, tablets, network connections and Internet speeds can affect the learning process in the district, said district Technology Director Jason Emricson.

“This starts with setting a solid, well-informed foundation on which to base decisions and make plans,” Emricson said.

“The participation of our teachers, students and administrators in the technology survey will certainly go a long way toward establishing that foundation.”

Once the surveys are complete, District 300 staffers will review the results and begin updating the district’s technology plan.

Officials would then be able to review and modify the plan to meet future technological needs in the district, Emricson said.

“We look forward to gaining a much better understanding of how, and how well, technology is being used in D-300 schools,” he said.

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