Duval schools make big high tech investment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County schools are embarking on a three-year plan to invest $58 million in technology. Some schools now only have hot spots to access the internet, but that will change with every classroom in 160 schools having a dedicated source to connect.

"When you talk about a multi-prong approach, what our children and what our parents are demanding, I don't think you can get any better regarding this investment," said Duval County School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

All middle schools in the district will be getting interactive technology in the form of portable touch screen monitors that will give teachers and students more options in the classroom.

Also all teachers will be getting new laptops which represents a $7 million investment.

"It is amazing, they are just fish to water," said Sherry Wolfe who is a language arts teacher. She says technology in the hands of students opens their minds to a rapidly changing world.

"It just prepares them of daily life now and the job market as well which is our goal of course," said Wolfe.

The district applied and received a $50 million grant to accelerate upgrading technology. The program allows the district to repay the money over a span of ten years with little interest expense.

The upgrades include a portal from Microsoft that will allow parents, teachers and principals easy access to information like grades, standardized test score and referrals.

Some of the changes in technology will get underway this school year.


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