- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Education leaders in West Virginia want students in the state to have more access to technology at school.

State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano said he wants every student from grades three to 12 to have devices such as laptops or tablets to use at school and take home. Martirano also wants devices for younger students, but not to take home.

Equity and access will help push students higher, Martirano said Monday at the West Virginia Education Summit, The Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/1Q7kmlI) reported.

He said the cost of implementing the proposal could be offset by possibly eliminating textbooks.

“Why would we invest all of our money into a textbook that is gonna be obsolete, that has to be replaced in future years, as opposed to looking at an online delivery model, a device, a tablet, whatever it is, that constantly has the latest information at the fingertips of our teachers and children?” he said.

Another speaker, West Virginia Board of Education President Mike Green, asked for the business community’s help in expanding technology access for students. He said Wi-Fi Internet access could be added to school buses at under $200 per bus per year.

“Doesn’t it bother you that a lot of kids don’t have the infrastructure at home?” Green asked. “They don’t have a computer, they don’t have a tablet.”

Martirano said he wants county superintendents to obtain support from the business community to bring more devices into schools because there would not be an “infusion of state dollars” at this time. But he said expanding access to technology is currently a goal, not a mandate.

Green said technical support for teachers and students is needed to make the devices a good tool. And, he said such devices will never replace good teachers.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.



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