Makerspaces, robotic arms, virtual-reality goggles, 3D printers, a flight simulator, and a whole lot of iPads.
The 12,300-student Township High School District 214 in suburban Chicago already offers its students access to a wide variety of new technologies. But Superintendent David Schuler is always thinking ahead to what’s coming next and whether it has any real educational value.
When Schuler sets ed-tech priorities, he has very specific goals in mind. “It is about ensuring that ed tech provides adaptable resources to meet every student where they’re at and take them to higher levels of achievement than could be done without that ed-tech resource,” he said.
So how does Schuler determine what technology he’ll prioritize in his district for 2020?
One way is through small pilot projects funded by a set-aside in the curriculum budget. The district currently has a tightly…