CHAMPAIGN — David Hohman has been hired as the Champaign school district's director of education technology.
Hohman, currently the instructional technology specialist at Champaign's Jefferson Middle School, will integrate technology into the curriculum and developing teaching practices to accelerate student achievement.
The Champaign school board approved his hire earlier this month and Hohman will begin July 1.
He'll work with faculty, students and administrators, and said he's excited because it comes at a time when the school district is spending more money on SMART Boards and other technology for classrooms. The goal is to have a SMART Board in every classroom, said district spokeswoman Lynn Peisker.
He said he's looking forward to working with teachers and students to show them how to use the technology in order to have "fun, exciting and educational experiences at school."
He will coordinate the school district's data management services. That means keeping data the school district collects about students as up-to-date as possible, Hohman said. The school district is required to report some of that information to the state, he said. Other information is used internally to decide how best to instruct students.
"I'll be making sure that the data that we have is organized and used in a way that teachers can see the (it) and make decisions," Hohman said.
The school district collects information about how students are scoring on state tests, as well as other tests that help the schools measure students' growth, he said.
Before working at Jefferson this past school year, Hohman was a math teacher at Central High School for six years. There, he incorporated technology into his classroom, including SMART Boards, student response systems and even online modules for learning, "anything that would interest kids and engage (them).
He believes learning to use technology is important to today's students, he said.
"I think it's really important as a school district for us to make sure that they are good digital citizens," Hohman said of students, "so it's important that we are making sure that our students know how to act appropriately and use technology appropriately when they go out there into the real world."