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Is Your School #FutureReady? In the NewsDecember 09, 2014
Trying to use Wi-Fi at school can feel like "sucking peanut butter out of a straw," according to Thomas Murray, state and district learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education. The typical K-12 public school, he notes, has the same Internet access as the average home, but with 200 times more users. Rural and high-poverty schools are more likely to be on the wrong side of this digital divide. Some 84 percent of teachers worry that technology is contributing to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged schools and school districts, according to the Pew Research Center.
Eagle Point Superintendent Cynda Rickert was the only superintendent in Oregon invited to attend the National Connected Superintendents Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama in November at the White House. Rickert was one of 700 superintendents nationwide to apply and one of 100 to be invited. The conference was centered around the president’s ConnectED initiative, which aims at getting 99 percent of students across the country connected to the Internet, preparing teachers to use technology effectively in the classroom and providing students with access to educational devices.