Northwest Arkansas School Districts Embrace Technology Without State Internet Resource

Posted: February 4, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO DAVID GOTTSCHALK Candace Reed, right, Prairie Grove Middle School fifth-grade math teacher, looks over the work of Jackson Sorters, center, and Knox Laird, left, as they work Jan. 22 with a multiplayer online math game Tug Team in class. The school bought Google Chromebook laptops for all of its fifth-graders to raise the district’s Internet access and use of technology.

Candice Reed quieted her energetic fifth-grade math class with five claps, then asked them: Who wants to go to Everyone’s hand shot up.


The Digital Learning Act of 2013

6-16-1402: “It is the intent of the General Assembly to:

(1) Provide for the expansion of digital learning opportunities to all Arkansas public school students; and

(2) Remove any impediments to the expansion of digital learning opportunities.”

6-16-1406.a.2: “Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, all public school districts and public charter schools shall provide at least one digital learning course to their students as either a primary or supplementary method of instruction.”

Source: Act 1280

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