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Broward schools salute Innovations for Learning on Digital Learning Day

Rock Island Elementary School first grade teacher Manuel Campos and his students use their digital learning devices as part of the Innovations program.

At Rock Island Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, first grade teacher Manuel Campos and his students use their digital learning devices as part of the Innovations program.

Broward County Public Schools marked Digital Learning Day today by spotlighting its collaboration with Innovations for Learning.

With Innovations’ help, the district is implementing a digital learning program to help kindergartners and first-graders in 13 schools obtain a sound foundation in reading.

“Today’s students embrace technology.  It engages them and makes them excited about learning,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “By providing our students and teachers with new, innovative ways to incorporate technology and digital resources into their curriculum, particularly amongst our youngest students, we are able to create a strong foundation for their future educational success.”

The schools are Title I, a designation that makes them eligible for federal antipoverty aid, and located in and around Fort Lauderdale.

In the 123 classrooms in the Innovations program, students use mobile devices such as iPads, iPod Touch and mp3 players in a digital curriculum that’s customizable for each student. Innovations also provides full-time literacy coaches.

Another gain for students is the TutorMate program, which draws on volunteers from local corporations to tutor them remotely via an online system.

The TutorMate mentoring program kicked off last month. Participants include the State Attorney’s Office Circuit 17, Broward College, JM Family Enterprises, AT&T, Broward After School Programs, the City Council of Lauderhill, and Advanced Roofing.

“It is our responsibility to give students the proper tools to help them achieve success,” said Christina Mendendez, Principal of Rock Island Elementary, “and Innovations for Learning affords our students with technology that differentiates their instruction to meet their specific student needs. My students and teachers absolutely love the program.”

Seth Weinberger, Executive Director of IFL, said: “Broward County has quickly become one of our favorite school districts to collaborate with. Not only does the staff from top to bottom recognize the importance of early literacy, but they also have the resolve to tackle the challenges with innovative solutions. It is exciting to contemplate the amount of student progress that is possible in this environment.”

The Innovations partnership is one of several recent technology-based initiatives spearheaded by the Broward schools. Earlier this school year, the district launched the Digital 5: Pathways to Personalized Learning and initiatives.

To learn more about the Innovations initiative in Broward County, contact Michele Rivera, director of the district’s literacy department: 754-321-1866.

Here’s the district’s press release:

NEWS RELEASE- BCPS Spotlights Partnership with Innovations


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