Fullerton School District earns national award for innovative use of technology

A national survey that spotlights school systems based on their use of technology in and out of the classroom has ranked the Fullerton School District in its top 10.

Now in its 13th year, the Digital School Districts Survey is presented by the Center for Digital Education, which gathers information from hundreds of participating districts. The top 10 in three categories — small, mid-size and large — are annually recognized for investing in tools that promote “next-generation digital learners.” Distinguishing practices include launching STEM academies and encouraging the innovative use of drones, solar panels and robotics clubs.

Fullerton students using iPadsFullerton was the only school district in California to receive a Digital School Districts Survey Award, placing fifth among those with a population of 12,000 or more. As we shared over the summer, Fullerton has been eager to leverage new technologies that inspire passion and personalize instruction.

“Fullerton School District’s recognition as one of the top five districts with exemplary use of technology is in large part due to the commitment of our teachers and their ability to integrate technology in the classroom and their lesson plans,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Pletka said. “The district makes available the technology, but the teachers’ ability to translate it to the students is the true success story.”

With 20 schools serving more than 13,000 students in transitional kindergarten through grade eight, the Fullerton School District’s mission is to work collaboratively with the community to provide an innovative, high-quality educational program in a safe learning environment.

District officials are expected to receive their award at the National School Board Association’s annual conference in Denver, Colo., and the Center for Digital Education has more about the program on its website.

“Technology is an essential tool for the transformation of education in our country,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “The Digital School Districts Survey helps districts measure progress toward transformation, and I’m proud to recognize these districts and the work that is represented in their award.”

Here’s a closer look at the Fullerton School District, courtesy of our OC District Pulse feature.