The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 23, 2013

Great opportunity

Not 50th, not 49th. First for a welcome change.

Last week Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and former Gov. Bob Wise announced that the West Virginia Board of Education and the state will be partnering with the Alliance for Excellent Education to begin a statewide review of classroom technology use and digital learning capabilities.

Project 24, which stands for the next 24 months, is a program developed by the Alliance which is now guided by Wise. The project helps school systems plan for effective use of technology while promoting opportunities for students to reach career and college readiness, one of Tomblin’s key points in education reform.

A number of local school systems across the country participate in Project 24, but West Virginia will in fact be the first state to commit and benefit from it.

And the assessment of current capabilities, along with a plan of action and details on how to implement personalized learning for our state’s students, won’t cost the state a penny.

Some counties, like Raleigh, have been aggressively moving toward making classrooms more digital. With the assistance of this Alliance for Excellent Education program the movement should definitely gain momentum statewide.

At no other point has technology been developed and is changing as rapidly as it is right now.

Doing our level best to keep our classrooms as up to date and current with these changes gives our future generations the real tools they will need to succeed and prosper.

Its encouraging to see progress in education being pushed by Tomblin and other state leaders.

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