A statewide task force has approved more than 50 recommendations for how Idaho should integrate technology into its educational system. The changes phase in laptops for every high school teacher and student while making online courses a requirement to graduate.
The task force was created in May as part of sweeping new education changes backed by public schools chief Tom Luna. The group is charged with executing the piece of Luna’s plan that boosts technology in the classroom and members held a final meeting Tuesday to vote on a list of recommendations for lawmakers to consider.
The 2012 Idaho Legislature convenes on January 9th.
Among the biggest changes in the list of task force recommendations: Idaho abandon plans to phase in laptops for students grade by grade, starting with high school freshman during the 2013-2014 school year. The panel recommended that the computers be deployed in 9th through 12th grades, starting with one-third of all high school students. (AP)