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Books becoming obsolete in classrooms?

Dr. Ufot Inyang Dr. Ufot Inyang
Dougherty County school superintendent Dr. David Mosely Dougherty County school superintendent Dr. David Mosely

A state task force is encouraging schools to go digital to improve student achievement.

The Dougherty County school system is looking at ways to add technology to the classroom. They welcome this new initiative. But with limited funding, implementing it will be difficult.

 "Students learn when they are engaged. We know what engages them. Digital technology engages them and so we are hopeful, in fact we know that we'll see improved student achievement,"said Dr. Ufot Inyang.

This is a growing trend in the classroom.  And now the state's Digital Learning Task Force is calling on all schools in Georgia to increase broadband internet access and transition from textbooks to digital content.

 Inyang "We welcome that initiative. As a matter of fact we have been on the cutting edge of technology integration in the classroom," said Dr. Inyang.

Dougherty County school superintendent Dr. David Mosely says the system was already looking for ways to improve. "We're presently in talks with Water Gas and Light about increasing the broadband width and we're talking about some ways that we can equip our schools wifi to cover a neighborhood."

One problem school officials have seen is a technology gap between children who have gadgets and internet at home, and those who don't.

 "We have students who come to school unprepared. We have kids that end up in our classrooms in Kindergarten that haven't gone through pre-k or Headstart and right from that point there's already a learning gap. So we're trying to bridge that gap by introducing innovative ways to reach our students and the one to one initiative is one of those ways," said Dr. Inyang.

Mosely says going digital is the route they need to go, but the system will need financial help getting there.  "I'm all for Governor Deal addressing digital and moving forward but I'd also like for him to put some money where his message is."

So students of all levels can have access to the same technology and the same education.

Dougherty County school officials also hope to roll out the one to one initiative next year which would supplying every student with a tablet. The system is also looking at making school buses wifi capable so children can have access to the internet going to and from school.


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