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TECHNOLOGY TASK FORCE: Bringing valuable info to school board

June 17, 2014

Pictured around Collier are, from left, WCCS Superintendent Patricia O’Connor, School Board President Don Armstrong, and school board members Stan Meyer and Dan Curless. WCCS is utilizing a task force to consider bringing technology, either iPad or laptop computers, to every student in the district.

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools recently formed a task force to evaluate the use of technology in its classrooms.

After much research and presentations by students from each school in the district, task force leader Jake Hoag, principal of Northern Heights Elementary School, made a presentation to the WCCS Board of School Trustees Monday night.

With all the research and conversations, Hoag said one thing is for sure — most people in the community are seeking more technology use throughout the district.

The task force met with 20 stakeholders in the community.
“It was a great meeting,” said Hoag. “They had an overwhelming support of technology.”

Hoag proposed a three-year plan to implement a program that would put technology in the hands of all students at WCCS, but not without thoughtful planning.

Hoag suggested spending a year in planning — discussing the program with students, parents and the community, spending time testing multiple different devices, training teachers on how to successfully use technology in the classroom, and discuss funding.

“These components are critical when rolling something out of this multitude,” Hoag said. “We have to transform our teaching.”

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