The focus of technology use in Salisbury Township School District is to prepare students for their future, a world of digital technology and information. An atmosphere that provides students with immediate access to online and local network resources is essential to survival in the 21st century. Research indicates that students who have access to technology on a regular basis show a significant improvement in their learning skills over students who do not have regular access.
With this in mind, Salisbury Township School District launched Teaching & Learning 2014 (TL2014) in the 2011-12 school year. This initiative, the logical next step in bringing our Strategic Plan vision to reality by 2014, will provide a personal laptop computer to all Middle School and High School students and significantly increase laptop access in both of our elementary schools. Over the past several years, our staff members have been engaged in professional development with digital learning tools and instructional strategies, and have been transforming lesson delivery to better reach every learner in the most effective manner. We are beginning to see improved learning outcomes through the use of technology in teaching and learning. TL2014 is the logical next step in our growth as a school district.
While TL2014 increases the learning opportunities for all our students, it also provides cost savings to the Salisbury Township School District taxpayer. The District will realize a significant cost savings with a new lease agreement than if it maintained the older, more costly, computer replacement cycle, estimated at $300,000 annually. The annual cost of the new lease agreement is $239,000 for each of the next four years, resulting in an annual savings to Salisbury taxpayers in excess of $60,000. The District is also saving taxpayer money through ancillary benefits such as accessing e-textbooks rather than purchasing individual textbooks, reducing paper usage, and reducing print and toner cartridge costs. TL2014 is a win for our students and a win for our taxpayers. The School Board and leadership team are to be commended on achieving this balance in challenging economic and political times.
This web site, TL2014.org is the primary communication tool for teachers, students, parents and community about all things TL2014! Links to documents, forms and important information about laptop computers for students and parents/guardians appear across the top of the page. Look for fresh content about student work, TL2014 news, and web content for learning to appear on the main page. Please visit often or subscribe via RSS or email (form located on the right-hand side of this page).
Students live in an on-demand, technology dependent world. They learn and approach schoolwork differently than students did even a few years ago. These changes, driven by technology, significantly impact learning. As we move deeper into the 21st century, excellence in education requires that technology be seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. Increasing access to opportunities through technology is essential for that future. We thank you for your support and look forward to sharing our success with TL2014.
Michael Q. Roth
Superintendent of Schools