Today’s students live in a digital world where technology is one of the primary ways they interact with their surroundings, communicate, collaborate, organize, and create information. These same skills and behaviors will be prerequisites for success as they move on to college and enter the workforce. Advanced technology, particularly in this information age, is a key to any district wide program to increase student achievement. It is the Lake Zurich Community Unit District 95’s goal to increase student achievement and to further utilize the investment in our new and existing technology along with student’s personal electronic devices.
The Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 identified the need for access to more digital materials to support teacher instruction in the classroom and independent student learning at home. They want to create an inter-connected, state-of-the-art learning experience for our students by incorporating eBooks into our everyday teaching and learning practices. eBooks are digital versions of trade books, and they include both fiction and non-fiction titles. And, they can be accessed 24/7 to teachers, librarians, students, and parents (from each of our 8 schools) at school and at home – anywhere you can access a computer or device.
The Foundation has put forth the initial $52,000 (part of the Smart Schools Bright Future.” funding) in order to start-up the eBooks collection, which included implementation, training, and books that support the Common Core State Standards and Lake Zurich Community School District 95’s Curricula.
A complete listing of the books that everyone will have access to will be posted here shortly.