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Lodi Unified School District to bolster technology training for students

Lodi Unified trustees OK committee to discuss improving student access to computers, technology

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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:00 am

Campuses within Lodi Unified School District are filled with computers and technology, but they are underused, teachers and district trustees said on Tuesday.

With that in mind, district trustees approved a recommendation by board member George Neely to form a committee to discuss how to better use that technology to serve students.

"We really don't have a good technology side," Neely said at Tuesday's board meeting. "We have it on the staff side, but not the student side."

District officials don't train the staff well enough to use the technology, he added.

The idea is to allow students to access school lessons on their computer, whether they're on or off campus.

"Kids are so visual these days," trustee Ron Heberle said. "It helps reinforce what they've been taught (in the classroom)."

Neely recommended that the committee include representatives from the school board; administrators and teachers in elementary, middle and high schools; and officials from departments such as curriculum and instruction, elementary education, secondary education and technology services.

Sue Kenmotsu, a teacher at Julia Morgan Elementary School, said all students have technology improvements available to them. Currently, the lower-achieving students are ahead of other students when it comes to technology because more state and federal funds are available to teach lower-achieving students.

Several teachers applauded when the board voted unanimously to form the committee.

Sonja Renhult, a fifthand sixth-grade teacher at Tokay Colony Elementary School, said she has always enjoyed teaching.

"But for the first time, I love this district," said Renhult, who has taught in Lodi Unified for eight years.

Renhult said that for several years, plans have been put into place but not carried out. Now she is hopeful to see a plan developed and seen through to the end.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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