There probably isn't someone learning in the public schools who hasn't been in front of a computer screen. But how well are West Virginia schools utilizing technology in helping those children learn?
That will be part of a study to be conducted during the next two years by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a non-profit group led by former Governor Bob Wise.
"It's not about technology; it's about supporting good teachers," Wise said Wednesday. "And now, we have a plan about how we're going to give our teachers the tools they need for improving learning outcomes for students."
Other states are involved in the project 24 study. West Virginia is the only state to involve all of its 55 counties.
"That's what's going to help our children break out of the mold of the past," says Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, "which is not working, because our outcomes are not where they want to be, and this is one way each individual is able to work at their own pace to make sure they're learning at their own speed."
Wood County Schools is confident it will rank highly in the survey, due to its technology-related business partnerships. And its superintendent believes West Virginia rates high in terms of access to technology. he made note of a recent trip to Alabama.
"One thing I was noticing was, the bandwidth in their schools is far, far less than what we are able to have in our schools," says Dr. Patrick Law. "West Virginia is a pretty good place, I think, technology-wise, and now, it's about getting the best use out of that technology."
And the governor believes technological advances should help teachers in personalizing lessons for individual students.