Hearing about LCs as the sole classroom computer is pretty tough. Sounds
What are the prospects for the return of the Technology Learning Challenge
and other federal grant funds which met the real needs of classroom needs
under-equipped districts. That program (TLC) was an incredibly important
boost to our programs in Springfield and began to give our kids, teachers,
administrators, board members, parents and community members a vision of
how important information/communication technology is. That is the point
that people begin to see that the local budget needs to provide and
sustain these new tools. Does this funding come to the State in a block
grant to be divided up locally? Will there be new Vermont programs and
initiatives or will it be earmarked for the VLN?
My perspective on this is that we need to reinstate programs which serve
K-8 classrooms -- where the fundamentals are established and put to work.
VLN is an important idea too, but it doesn't hold much promise outside of
our high school -- and it isn't here yet.
Does that make sense?
District Technology Coordinator
Springfield VT Public Schools