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Editorial: Cameron Parish setting high bar in technology-rich classrooms

Last Modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 10:50 PM

School districts in Louisiana are making the transition to technology-rich classrooms — and Cameron Parish is among those leading the way.

The state Department of Education has released its third semi-annual Louisiana Technology Footprint report, revealing the number of digital-ready school districts has increased by seven since July 2012.

Louisiana now has 1,208 schools and 38 districts meeting the state’s minimum technology device standards of one computer or tablet for every seven students. Cameron has one device for every three students.

“In the 21st century, technology is an everyday right for our students,” State Superintendent John White said in a statement after the report was issued. “This is not a matter of one test or one room within the school building. It’s about the way we live today and the world our kids will inherit as adults. Learning and technology are inextricably linked.”

More computers and better technology in the classroom are pressing needs because schools will administer all of their assessments and end-of-course tests online during the 2014-15 school year as part of the switch to the Common Core standards.

Thirty-seven districts have also made great strides in Internet bandwidth, ensuring information can be downloaded and uploaded with speed.

“Louisiana will insist on technology readiness until all students have the technology they need to learn,” White said. “This work is a priority for our state, and the incredible results we have seen in a short amount of time show that this is also a priority for districts.”

Four schools — Grand Lake, Hackberry, Johnson Bayou and South Cameron high schools — make up Cameron Parish. It’s impressive that a smaller school district can be so ahead of the curve in a state with much larger school systems.

Cameron is setting a high bar in the state’s goal to achieve increasing improvement of technology in the fulfillment of its education goals.

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.

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