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State of Utah Launches First Public Smart Schools
Salt Lake City - Gov. Gary R. Herbert, along with representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), State Superintendent Martell Menlove, principals from North Sevier High School and Gunnison Valley Elementary, and iSchool Campus executives, launched two of the first public Smart Schools in Utah.
The Smart School Technology Program encourages the deployment of whole-school technology in Utah’s public schools. The technology program will help the students develop the critical digital and technology skills needed to compete and thrive in a global, digitally driven economy.
Based on SB 248, the Smart School Technology Program provides the following deployment features in each school: wireless infrastructure, flat screen TVs with device mirroring technology, MacBook computers in every classroom, an Apple iPad for every student and teacher, internet security, software, and professional development for teachers, administrators and school technology offices.
Of the 40 schools that applied, three were selected by GOED: North Sevier High School, Gunnison Valley Elementary and Dixon Middle School in Provo.
“The Smart School deployment has generated enormous enthusiasm among teachers, parents and students in these two rural communities,” says Jill Porter, principal at North Sevier High School. “Our students will be presented with a world of possibilities in learning and gaining real-life thinking and problem solving skills that will better prepare them for the next step towards a productive future.”
The Smart School Technology Program also includes professional development and ongoing support for teachers, robust wireless infrastructure, safe and secure web filtering so students can work with their devices at home, and proprietary software to connect students and teachers.
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