These are the replies from some districts to the Newsday questionnaire regarding the use of new technologies in their classrooms.
Some of the answers are elaborate, and have not been edited or reduced. Some districts did not answer the questions directly.
1. Please list any major technological innovations introduced in the classroom in the past three years. Please give the name and list the use for each item.
SmartBoards – used for interactive lessons in all schools
Chinese 360 – distance learning at the middle school
Sega game system for physical education – Dance Revolution at the intermediate school
Kindles (e-readers) for use by elementary students
iPads for self-contained special education classes
2. Please tell us of any major innovations you are planning to introduce within the next year.
Teacher web sites
Increase the number of i-Pads and Kindles
3. Are teachers or students using cellphones in the district for instructional purposes?
Limited – a few assemblies at high school.