Senator: Arkansas Needs "Geek Squad" to Promote Technology at Schools

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Chairman of the Senate Education Committee says the state needs a "geek squad" to help promote technology in the classroom.  The House and Senate education committees reviewed a study on efforts in schools to use more technology.  The report highlighted how schools are using gadgets, like computerized babies and iPods, to help teach students.

Senator Jim Argue says he thinks the state's education department needs to find more ways to promote technology among the state's school districts.  He said "I think the Department of Education needs a geek squad over there that's packaging these opportunities for every district to implement."

The report by the University of Arkansas' office of Education Policy praised the state for growth in classroom technology over the past 20 years.  But Cheryl Murphy, the study's co-author, said the report indicates that more professional development and technical assistance may be needed for teachers to know how to use more technology in their classes.

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