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Janesville schools consider technology improvements

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Frank Schultz
April 17, 2013

JANESVILLE—The Janesville School District is looking to boost its digital technology to improve student achievement, but providing a device to every student is not in the cards, at least not yet.

Officials presented a technology improvement plan to a school board committee on Tuesday night. It includes upgrades of existing classroom computers and purchases of more SMART Boards, with a goal of one SMART Board in every classroom in two years’ time.

The plan also calls for a study at Lincoln Elementary School in which each student in grades K-2 would get an iPad, and students in third grade would each get a Chromebook laptop. The study would seek to determine whether increased access to technology boosts student learning.

Similar Chromebook studies would occur in English and Social Studies classes at Craig and Parker high schools and Franklin Middle School.

The technology plan might not be funded in full, depending in part on what state lawmakers decide about school funding for the next school year, Superintendent Karen Schulte said.

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