SPARTA, NJ – Dr. Daniel Johnson, assistant superintendent for Staff and Curriculum Development, discussed the districts Google Classroom initiative as the last Board of Education meeting. 

Google Apps for Education bundles many google applications such as Gmail, Calendar, Google Docs, Google Drive for the students and teachers in the classroom. 

Johnson’s predecessor, Dr. Melissa Varley, laid the groundwork for the pilot program slated to begin this September.  Each school in the district is to have at least one classroom run on Google Classroom, allowing the classroom to be paperless.  Teachers can track and provide feedback directly and quickly.  Student can have interactive discussion, work collaboratively and support each other. 

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“The Sparta School District has worked during the first part of the summer to begin its transition to the Google Platform,” said Johnson.  “Our IT staff, under the guidance of Mike Cronin, has done a great job in making sure that all of our mail systems have been migrated to Google.” 

Johnson explained training will be provided for staff as well as the district’s parents.  He said, “We are working as an administrative team to plan professional development for our staff that will be ongoing. Additionally, we are creating learning sessions for our families that will allow us to work together as a learning community to further enhance the education of our children.”

According to Johnson, despite migrating to Gmail, the district staff and administrators “will keep their current email addresses. This is one thing we were firm about when first investigating the transition.”

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Aug. 24 at the Sparta High School Media Center.