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Dobbs Ferry Superintendent Discusses Tech Future

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Dobbs Ferry superintendent Dr. Lisa Brady delivered a report to the board of education as she touched on several items, but made special note of what she picked up at a recent conference.

Brady attended a New York Council of School Superintendents conference in Saratoga recently and discussed some ideas on Thursday night that were brought up there.

In conjunction with what she has preached since arriving in Dobbs Ferry, Brady said the use of more and more technology in classrooms was a key topic at the conference.

It has become, “increasingly more important for us as we look to increase technology in our classrooms and the opportunities that that holds for teaching and learning,” she said.

Brady said that this is more than just an idea and the district will conduct a more concrete analysis of it later this year.

There will be a “technology audit across schools toward the end of the year to take a look at what all schools have in terms of capacity for their kids to take online assessments,” she said.

Changing the environment at schools as these changes are implemented is something Brady said she learned from the conference.

“Schools really needing to create a culture of courage around many of the changing landscapes and boards and superintendents really need to be bold and be thoughtful and really be advocates on behalf of our kids in terms of any changes that are taking place,” Brady said.

While much of these upgrades in technology could come with a price, Brady also said free programs like Google Apps would be utilized as well.

“There’s a lot of really great and free stuff there that we can leverage in our classrooms,” Brady said.

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