Besides lessening the anxiety of teachers, not only has attendance in the Academy jumped from 90 teachers in 2007 to 200 participants in 2010, the Academy now has 100 percent participation from all teachers in the district.

Business, community, and higher education partnerships continued outside of the Academy, and many teachers have created personal learning and communication learning communities online.

“So many projects and initiatives come out of the Academy,” concluded Sanfrancesco. “We now have a BYO high school, a new K-12 iPad curriculum initiative, a distance learning program, the use of Google Drive, new SMART Boards in many of the classrooms, new LCD projectors, new staff development initiatives throughout the year, and even general infrastructure improvements.”

For more information on Garnet Valley’s Technology Academy, sign up for free for’s “Digital Decisions for Collaborative Learning” community and watch Sanfrancesco’s presentation.