Boston Public Schools launches Digital Learning Initiative
BOSTON – Today Boston Public Schools Interim Superintendent John McDonough announced the BPS Digital Learning Initiative, a district-wide effort to transform every school to make digital learning a part of every student’s day. The Initiative is supported by a grant from the Target Corporation and supports Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s call to add more mobile devices in classrooms and public libraries for students throughout Boston – called “e-Lit.”
“As our world goes mobile, our students must develop digital skills to get ready for college and a career,” Menino said. “Our students and teachers deserve the very latest technology to accelerate their learning and exceed expectations.”
The Target grant will allow BPS to create comprehensive literacy programs to improve reading proficiency of 2nd and 3rd grade students in five schools.
Over the summer BPS purchased 150 Google Nexus tablets for students at Blackstone Elementary in the South End, the Condon Elementary in South Boston, the King K-8 and Trotter Elementary Schools in Dorchester and Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain. These schools will also receive a library of digital literacy resources and professional development for teachers. In addition, parents and their children will also take part in a Digital Literacy Club, facilitated by the BPS Office of Family and Student Engagement.
“Today more than ever, technology enables academic success and prepares young people for college and career success, and productive citizenship in an increasingly fast-paced, digital society,” McDonough said. “Boston was the first city to connect every classroom to the web and we are proud to continue these innovations.”
“By supporting BPS with programs such as the Digital Learning Initiative, Target aims to provide students with the educational tools they need to succeed, ultimately helping put more children on the path to high school graduation,” said Jim Hogan, Target’s Senior Group Vice President of Stores, New England. “Our long-standing support of Boston Public Schools is part of our commitment to give $1 billion to education by the end of 2015.”
“With the Digital Learning Initiative we will continue to transform the student learning experience to be more personalized and engaging, to eliminate gaps in learning and prepare all students for college and career success,” said Boston School Committee chair Michael O’Neill.
In the last year BPS has invested more than $2.5 million to improve wireless access throughout our schools and purchase digital learning tools for students.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,856 stores – 1,788 in the United States and 68 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility.