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Report Says Students Should Have More Internet Access At School

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Education Technology Task Force says every student should have access to an internet device anytime, anywhere because the internet provides a constant opportunity for learning.

The task force was formed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.  He says this generation and future generations of teachers should be prepared for more online involvement in the classroom, "We should look right up the pipeline where teachers are recruited in college and start coming forward and seeking a career in teaching -that they should be trained as they come forward to get their credential in the use of education technology."

 The report recommends moving away from printed textbooks -including  using more technology to teach science in the classroom.

Torlakson says a few schools have already adopted some of the recommendations in the report, "Some brand new schools have opened like American Canyon High School in California and they invited the parents and students to bring their internet connecting device.  And guess what?  Eighty percent of the students showed up with an internet connecting device.  The students of low income were given a choice of a low rent or a low purchase option."

Torlakson says textbook publishers need to produce more online content and there should be a minimum bandwidth standard statewide so that poor and rural students aren't at a disadvantage.
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