Putting digital technology into the hands on children is on the forefront of the Lodi Unified School District board of trustees’ minds. Or at least, it is for trustee George Neely.
At Tuesday’s meeting, he proposed creating an all-digital K-8 school. Lessons would still take place in a physical classroom with a teacher, but all textbooks and classwork would be accessed through an iPad or laptop computer. Neely currently teaches at the Able Academy of Business, Law and Education, an all-digital charter school in Stockton.
“Our generation believes the younger generation really knows computers, and they don’t. They know Twitter and Facebook, not productivity software like word processors or spreadsheets,” he said.
Learning in an all-digital classroom, said Neely, will boost a child’s understanding of how to truly put technology to work. Creating an all-digital school in Lodi would put the district on the cutting edge of future expectations, he added.
The idea will be discussed further at next week’s board of education meeting.