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WFISD Is Looking To Integrate Technology Into the Classroom

A lot of school districts in Texoma are integrating technology in the classroom and Wichita Falls I.S.D. could be next.

Right now they are in the early stages of coming up with a plan.  That plan has to be ready by January 2015 to present to the W.F.I.S.D. School Board.

Michael Kuhrt, the Associate Superintendent said the idea is to make improvements for students and teachers when it comes to learning in the classroom.  He said a lot of things will need to be worked out, but progress is being made.

“We have sporadic technology throughout,” Kuhrt said, “Little bits and pieces here.  Bright spots if you will where we really have some neat things going on, but as a system, we don't have a K through 12 aligned initiative.”

Kuhrt said he knows the W.F.I.S.D. could be doing a better job in the classrooms when it comes to technology.

“Our students need to be prepared when they leave to navigate the world that is technology,” he said.

He said Technology is an accelerator of instruction and an accelerator of student learning.  He said it allows students and teachers to be able to do things they wouldn't normally be able to do.

With kids growing up in a world surrounded by technology, he said it only makes sense they learn that way.  Students aren't the only ones who will benefit from technology in the classroom.

“This is a program that will benefit our students, but it's really not for them.  It's for our teachers because our teachers have to be comfortable with where we are going,” Kuhrt said.

He said it could potentially help teachers with their workload.  They could have assignments online so it can be easily tracked.  Teachers would also be able to remind students of assignments or projects through an online platform.  It would also help teachers communicate with each other to brainstorm for ideas in the classroom.

Kuhrt said the technology will be integrated at all levels, but it could be different.  He said iPads might not work for everyone.

“An iPad in a second graders hands is a lot different that an iPad in an 11th graders hands,” he said.

He also said the younger grades usually learn in groups and do activities in groups. Where high school students are more independent.

If the board approves their plan, the next step will be to test the technology they approve.  It will only be don't in a few classes, but it will cover Kindergarten through 12th grade.

If everything goes to plan, the testing will start next fall.

Kuhrt said they want to make sure they are smart and strategic with the increase of technology in the classroom.  Once it's done, he said it will enhance learning for students.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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