Decatur Twp. Schools undergo digital transformation

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Another school district returns to class Tuesday and this year MSD Decatur Township Schools is making it even easier for parents to track how their kids are doing. School leaders say it’s a district-wide digital transformation.

The entire high school population grades 9-12 and all sixth graders will have their own iPads this year. Web-based program Canvas lets students do everything from their iPad.

Students can do homework, presentations, communicate with teachers and other students and even receive their grades. Parents and students can work together to do better in school.

Another program called Naviance will help students choose a career path as early as freshman year. Assistant Superintendent Nate Davis says the goal is for each student to have a plan coming out of Decatur Schools

“Graduation anymore is not the finish line. The finish line is students being productive citizens who are employed, who are happy, and working hard to make the world a better place,” said Davis. “So what our goal at our Decatur Township is to be student-invested and community-connected, preparing our students to be thriving citizens once they leave our campus and willing to come back and make our community here in Indianapolis a better place.”

These programs can be used when students go to college as well. Naviance is already integrated into local schools like Purdue University. Families can plan out an educational path from day one of high school through college. In one year, an 82 percent graduation rate went to nearly 90 percent.

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