Manalapan-Englishtown School District Launches Digital Conversion Plan

One Pine Brook School sixth grade team has been chosen to test out the pilot program and were provided with Chromebooks.

Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Superintendent John Marciante has announced the district’s digital conversion plan which will unfold over five years. 

Marciante released a statement on the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District website explaining the digital conversion plan, which kicked off this September at Pine Brook School. 

“What is required in education is a digital conversion of the instructional environment,” Marciante said in the statement.“The majority of content will be digital in nature and the major source of that content will be on the Internet. Communication and collaboration among students and between students and teachers will also increasingly be done in a digital format.”

Marciante’s goal is to have every sixth, seventh, and eighth grade student learn in a digital instructional environment by September 2017. Additionally, students between fifth and eighth grades will have their own device allowing access to digital content, Marciante said in his statement. The five-year digital conversion plan states that the device will be a Chromebook.  

The district has been slowly planning for this conversion for six years, according to Marciante. Every classroom in the district has a Smart Board, there are 300 iPads in the schools, and each year the district increases the number of document cameras available, the superintendent said. The wireless capabilities have also improved over the years. In 2012, the Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School and Pine Brook School upgraded to a wireless environment that supports a one-to-one computer environment. This upcoming summer all of the schools will become wireless, Marciante said.  

Sixth and seventh grade teachers were provided with Chromebooks this September and 20 extra iPads are now available for classroom use in each of schools that service children in grades one through five. A pilot program will kick off this October as one sixth grade team will be provided with Chromebooks. Teachers will observe the pilot classrooms and determine whether the use of the technology is beneficial and valuable. If the pilot program is considered a success, all new sixth grade students will be provided with Chromebooks next fall, according to the digital conversion plan. 

For a full detail of the digital conversion plan, click here

Coffeenut October 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM
The need for "better and faster" in hindsight will prove in time to be one of the biggest downfalls of our society.
gjc October 21, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Waaah? Aren't your exaggerating just a wee bit? I can think of a couple of hundred things that will contribute to the downfall of society before technology. Poverty pops into mind immediately.
Coffeenut October 21, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Yes, but we do not rely on the impoverished to become our future leaders. Many factors contribute to the downfall of society. But leaving technology to teach our children can only lead to further separation from reality.
gjc October 21, 2013 at 04:10 PM
And why wouldn't you rely on the impoverished to become a future leader? Does poverty preclude someone from getting an education and improving himself/herself? I don't think anyone is saying "use only technology." I think this is a decent experiment to see if greater use of technology improves the skills of students. We can't hold back progress. Technology is part of that.
Coffeenut October 21, 2013 at 04:49 PM
You are the one who brought up poverty. And I'm just saying I don't agree with this "experiment". You say you can't hold back progress. Why can't you? And why do you think the use of chromebooks is progress?


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