Are Area Schools Savvy Enough For Computers?

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

A national report released from the U.S. Department of Education urges all elementary and high schools to incorporate more computer technology into classrooms. For Albemarle County, the Executive Director of Information Technology Bruce Benson, says his county schools are ready.

Over the past decade, 99 percent of our nation's schools have been wired and rate an average of one computer to every five students. For Albemarle County, the ratio is 1:4 which equals to about 4,500 machines in the school system.

Though many school systems may not have made computers essential to learning, that's not necessarily a bad thing for Albemarle County.

Mentioned in the report are success stories from other school districts around the nation including one from Henrico County. There, school officials have outfitted every middle and high school student with laptops.

While Albemarle County appears to be savvy with the information super highway, parents can rest assured, their kids are safe. The school system has a protocol in place that is mandated by the U.S. Congress.

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