Posted: 6:01 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Technology brings new life to classroom

By Jamie Smith

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. —

Teachers in St. Johns County hit the classroom long before their students.

The teachers are getting instructions on a new pilot program that will allow them to connect with their students like never before.

"It's going to make what they teach, what they love come alive at a totally different level," said Lindsay Burke, a tech specialist.  "Students are much more engaged when they come to class," added Burke.

Each student in the seven schools taking part in the program will have their own computer in class this year.

"Teachers don't have to take a piece of paper.  There's ways for them to do it all online access it, and then push it back out to the students," said Melanie Tahan.

Florida now allocates more state funding for digital instructional material than print.

The superintendent for Duval County Schools hopes to have one computer for every two students by the end of this school year.

"This year, every fifth to 11th grader has to take their writing test on a keyboard which they're used to writing an essay with a pen and paper," said Nikolai Vitti.

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