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Educational Leaders Push For Better Internet Access In Arkansas Classrooms

Leaders say Arkansas schools need better access to internet content, video and courses for the upcoming school year.
LITTLE ROCK, AR- Local and national leaders are in Little Rock stressing the importance of upgrading Arkansas classrooms with 21st century education.

FASTERArkansas is a group of school leaders, business partners and citizens who want to prepare our students for what's next, and that's giving Arkansas classrooms an upgrade.

With new technology, children are communicating differently today. FASTERArkansas believes schools need to be up to date, so it can give students control on their pace of learning, plus how and where they learn. Leaders talked about how schools in the state need better access to internet content, video and courses for the upcoming school year. They say if schools don't have the broadband capability, students will miss out on excellent learning tools, such as different devices and software.

"Bringing technology into our education system will allow us to adapt technology to students so that they learn in a way they learn best at a pace that's right for them and not in a one size fits all way," says Maria Worthen, VP of International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

Educational leaders say students can learn better with these tools if they're implemented correctly. Also, they believe better access to high speed internet will help cut costs for schools, save taxpayer dollars and boost our economy by bringing in new high paying tech jobs.
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