By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – The West Side School District has just received a $138,718 technology grant from the Idaho Department of Education for one-to-one implementation of electronic devices at the Beutler Middle School this coming school year.
This pilot project will implement a one-to-one ratio of iPads at the middle school level to ensure proficiency in Idaho Core Standards, participation in digital coursework and preparation for dual credit opportunities students will encounter when they reach high school. All teachers, students and parents will receive training on digital citizenship, according to school officials.
It’s part of the Idaho Technology Pilot Program, which the Idaho Legislature established earlier this year. The West Side District was one of 11 throughout the state to share in over $3 million in grant funds.
West Side Superintendent Spencer Barzee said 81 schools wrote the state education department and requested nearly $20 million worth of technology and only 11 schools were awarded the grant funding.
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