PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Local officials stopped by a Providence elementary school Wednesday to see the technological progress being made there as part of a national campaign.
The Pleasant View School was awarded a $470,000 grant last May to be used to stimulate children's minds using the latest in classroom technology.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Prov. Mayor Angel Taveras, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and several other officials were on hand at the school to celebrate the second national "Digital Learning Day".
"Technology has the potential to improve our lives at home and in the workplace, and it is time that we use technology to benefit our schools, teachers, and students as well," Gov. Chafee said in a statement. "Principal Field and the teachers and students of Pleasant View are our pioneers in exploring the potential of digital tools to advance learning and achievement. Their progress demonstrates the importance of investing in technology and infrastructure in our schools."
Using the two-year grant from the RI Department of Education, Pleasant View aims to make lesson plans more interactive, make the classroom environment more flexible and allow more room for students to learn at their own pace.
"In visiting Pleasant View, we can envision how we will use technology in our schools to personalize learning, to provide an infinite number of advanced courses, and to create flexible schedules to meet students' varied needs," said Commissioner Gist in a statement. "What we see today at Pleasant View may be what we see someday across all schools in Rhode Island - the future of education in our state."
Education officials consider Pleasant Valley School a pilot program, in order to integrate more technology in schools across the state in the future.
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