The initiative is called hiTEC, which stands for "Helping Integrate Technology, Education and Careers."
Also Friday, a partnership was announced between
The company will be placing wireless networks, or WiFi, at numerous community locations across the county that will only be accessible to teachers and students with
The exact locations and the number of the new WiFi networks and the hours that they'll be available to students are still being decided, said district spokesperson
"I'm pleased to be a part of this endeavor," said
"Access to the Internet has become a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have," he said.
Many of the speakers at Friday's event said this type of partnership between a private business and a public school system was unique, especially in rural communities. And several of the speakers attributed the development of the partnership and hiTEC to Superintendent
"There was still something missing to let hiTEC reach its full potential," Slayman told the crowd of the decision to pursue the agreement with TruVista.
Slayman thanked community board members, officials and businesspeople, along with an anonymous donor, for their support of the project and for offering their facilities as spots where WiFi will be available to students.
Other speakers included
Following the formal presentation, attendees met with teachers, students and technology specialists, who demonstrated how technology could be used in the classroom, including the new tablets and Promethean boards, which are like digital, interactive white boards that are now in every
During the formal presentation, Counterman said he was "shocked" when he learned
A technology specialist with the district, Demorrious Robinson, sat at a table showing
LeMay is the art teacher at
"I was interested in seeing what the tablet had to offer," he said.
As a business teacher at
One of his students, senior
"We're really going to enjoy it," she said of having the devices in class. "It's going to help prepare us for the future."
And that's the point of incorporating technology, Slayman said.
"This is important because our students are the future workforce," she said.
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