W.Va. Taking on Technology Project for Education Reform

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As technology becomes a bigger part of the education process, West Virginia leaders are working to make sure it's being used in classrooms as efficiently as possible.

On Wednesday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that West Virginia is taking on a new project.

It's called Project 24, because during the next 24 months, experts will be assessing schools and students across the Mountain State to see how technology is used on a daily basis.

From there they will determine what students and teachers need to make improvements.

"We believe the best thing you can do; have a plan and then buy. Don't buy and then try to figure out how to use it," former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise said.

Wise is president of the group Alliance for Excellent Education, which is over Project 24.

There are 500 school districts across the country already participating in the program, but West Virginia is the first state to take it on statewide.

Tomblin said he wants to see technology used as a tool for teachers -- not as something to replace teachers.

"What this does is, it's not about the technology, it's about supporting good teachers. And now we have a plan of how we're going to give our teachers the tools they need to truly make the advancements in learning outcomes for students," Tomblin said.

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