- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - Administrators at schools across Wisconsin are trying to put high-tech devices in the hands of every student and teacher.

The Oshkosh Area School District wants to join nearly 40 other districts that have a one-to-one technology initiative connecting teaching to personal devices. Some schools let students bring their own devices, saving the districts money, Oshkosh Northwestern Media reported Tuesday (https://oshko.sh/1dqSYhx ).

School leaders say new technology helps prepare students for a high-tech global economy. They say students can watch lectures at home and come to school the following day with questions about assignments.

“It’s not about the hardware; it’s about changing the learning opportunities,” said Oshkosh Deputy Superintendent David Gundlach.

The Oshkosh district will ask voters in an April 1 referendum for $1.4 million to integrate more technology into the classrooms. That amount is just a portion of the $3.95 million annual revenue the school district is looking to raise during the next seven years.

That proposal would phase in new technology during the next four or five years, with the replacement of all old devices by 2019.

“We are still in the baby steps, the infancy of this,” said Renee Nolan, a technology specialist in Fond du Lac. “In the world that we’re living in right now, a day doesn’t go by when somebody’s not using technology. We’re teaching our students how to be global citizens and life-long learners.”


Information from: Oshkosh Northwestern Media, https://www.thenorthwestern.com

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