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.
In Locust Valley, the district reported the following:
The Locust Valley Central School District is using technology to give students the most diverse education possible.
Through video conferencing technology, students in fifth through twelfth grades can work together with students in Taiwan and Denmark on various projects.
The Taiwanese students are even members of the Locust Valley Robotics team, working on the robots right along with our students.
In competition, the Taiwanese team members can participate through the very same video conferencing technology. Older students work on science research projects together, using research done on both sides of the world to garner their results.
Students are also using Skype to connect to students in Denmark and engage in dialogue regarding the effects of immigration, increased multi-culturalism, and elements of cultural conflicts, including the events of 9/11 and the Danish Mohammed cartoons.
The dialogue allows us to further develop our IB theme of international-mindedness. Students are continuing to discuss issues, and look forward to developing a student intervisitation program with their new classmates in Denmark.
Technology has allowed students to learn about other cultures, gain a different perspective on their research, and even practice new language skills. Another benefit has been the ability for our students to learn various similarities and differences in each of our educational systems.