CHARLESTON, W.Va. - On the heels of the passage of his education reform package, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Wednesday a statewide review of classroom technology.
That review comes with a new partnership with Project 24, a technology integration program developed by former Gov. Bob Wise.
The project will include a statewide assessment of each school's technology needs. Wise said the idea is to "get them to really develop a plan for how they will effectively use technology to advance learning and to support teachers."
"What this does is to make sure that everybody has a plan for how they would use technology, and have the plan first and then buy the technology," he said. "Don't buy the technology and then try to figure out how to use it."
The program comes at no cost to the state or local school systems.
It's a national program that has already been implemented in a slew of school systems across the country, but West Virginia will be the first state to adopt it on a statewide level.
The project will be individualized for each school system, and could be unique even on the school level.
Overall, the project includes a review of existing classroom technology and capabilities, a plan to put more technology in the classrooms, and then a proposal for implementation of that plan. Officials hope that every school district will begin that process within the next 24 months, as outlined by Project 24.
The state Board of Education has been investigating the project since March, when Tomblin asked them to do so as officials considered its adoption. The board has expressed its approval of the program.
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