[Editor’s note: This story, originally published on February 2nd of this year, was our #5 most popular story of the year. Happy holidays, and thank you for tuning into our 2017 countdown!]

The U.S. Department of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education had already recognized our schools in Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in southern Lake County, Illinois, for academic excellence. Still, our district administrators recognized several years ago that significant changes needed to be made to our classrooms, and better technology needed to be acquired, in order to help our students develop the skills mandated by today’s...

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About the Author:

Kevin Ryan is the 21st Century Learning Director at Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in Buffalo Grove, Ill.