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Program Could Put Computers in All Teachers' Hands

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The district is considering taking part in Anytime Anywhere Learning, a statewide program that provides students with learning opportunities wherever they are.

Tom Atkinson, director of technology for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, said they are looking into a proposal to put laptops in the hands of all teachers so they can create programs that students can get their hands on anywhere.

“New Jersey wants a 1-to-1 student to computer,” he said.

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The program is designed for government agencies, nonprofits, corporations and schools to put personal computing devices in the hands of every student and educator. In Bridgewater-Raritan, they are hoping to attain that for all educators who can provide programs that students can access anywhere.

Len Herman – supervisor of curriculum and instruction for business, industrial technology and the arts at the high school – said that 62 teachers in the high school expressed interest in being part of this program.

“I think that’s low,” he said. “But this is not a situation where we can make people do it, they have to want to.”

Herman said they have been working toward making the entire district wireless because the infrastructure would be needed to make this program work.

In August, the high school is planning training for how to move forward with this program, which includes work on laptops, iPads, iPods and more.

“The B-REA is behind it, and they can create a curriculum,” Herman said. “If the information is there, the students will come.”

Interim superintendent Cheryl Dyer said the plans for this program were included in the budget, replacing desk tops with laptops.

“This is close to revenue neutral,” Atkinson said.

In the future, Atkinson said, they are hoping this program becomes platform independent for students to use with whatever software and hardware they have.

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