West Lafayette Schools opt out of 1:1 technology

Superintendent Rocky Killion said one of the main reasons for opting out of one to one is the popularity of technology in today's world.

Posted: Aug 6, 2019 11:57 AM
Updated: Aug 6, 2019 12:59 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Students in the Lafayette School Corporation will head back today with access to 1:1 technology.

The Tippecanoe School Corporation also participates in the program that allows certain grade levels to get their own electronic device to use at school and home.

But the West Lafayette Community School Corporation has opted out of the program.

When it comes to technology in the classroom, the goal is to teach kids to use it constructively.

Superintendent Rocky Killion said teachers focus on instructional research practices. He said the goal is to make kids critical thinkers so they can make more informed decisions when researching.

Killion said one of the main reasons for opting out of a 1:1 program is the popularity of technology in today's world.

"I believe that some of our students are overly exposed to technology," said Killion. "Technology is always going to be with us. I don't know that you'll find a student without some kind of a cell phone or tablet."

Killion said teachers try to integrate student's personal technology into the classroom.

As we reported in April, the corporation works with those children who don't have computer access at home.

However, technology is a big part of the school year--especially when it comes to standardized testing.

Coming up Wednesday on News 18 this morning, Killion shares the corporation's experience with the first year of iLearn.

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