January 4, 2012

Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools

ANN ROSENBAUM, a former military police officer in the Marines, does not shrink from a fight, having even survived a close encounter with a car bomb in Iraq. Her latest conflict is quite different: she is now a high school teacher, and she and many of her peers in Idaho are resisting a statewide plan that dictates how computers should be used in classrooms.

Last year, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that requires all high school students to take some online classes to graduate, and that the students and their teachers be given laptops or tablets. The idea was to establish Idaho's schools as a high-tech vanguard.

Teachers don't object to using technology in the classroom but they do object to being given a resource with strings attached and without the needed support to use it effectively to improve student learning.

>Read more of Matt Richtel's article in the NY Times here

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