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How Technology is Changing Kansas City Classrooms

Feb 27, 2014

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The Shawnee Mission School District in January announced it would be putting laptop computers into the hands of all of its staff and students when the next school year begins.

To better understand this $20 million effort and what effect technology might have on the way educators teach, University of Kansas professor John Leslie Rury and University of Missouri -Kansas City professor Dr. Jennifer Friend joined host Maria Carter on Thursday's Central Standard. 

Shawnee Mission joins North Kansas City, Fort Osage and Kansas City Public Schools in implementing the "1:1" model that provides free computing devices to all students and staff.

In order for the model to be effective, teachers have to be trained on how to effectively integrate the technology into the classroom, Dr. Friend says.

It also is critical that these school districts have a vision for the technology, whether it's to improve student achievement or to promote greater equity and access to this technology, she says.

"It's important to be able to communicate that vision to the teachers and administrators who will be working to implement [the model]," she says.