White House honors high-tech efforts at Region 6 schools

Washington – Connecticut’s Region 6 school system has been singled out by the Obama adminstation for its use of technology and digital content to teach students.

On Wednesday Region 6 Superintendent Ed Drapp was invited to a White House summit on technology in the classroom. He was the only school superintendent from Connecticut to receive an invitation to the event, which included a meeting with President Obama.

One reason Drapp was selected is that the district’s Wamogo Regional High School has created a “makerspace,” a student-driven community space where students can create and experiment using technology that includes a 3-D printer.

The summit builds on the Obama Administration’s ConnectED Initiative to connect all U.S. students to high-speed internet and help teachers use technology to improve learning.

“One of the things that we also need to do is to yank our schools into the 21st century when it comes to technology, and providing the tools and training that teachers need to use that technology to prepare all of our students for the competition that they’re going to face globally,” President Obama told a group of about 100 school superintendents.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, accompanied Drapp to the summit.

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