The Goose Creek CISD will spend more than $1.5 million to help Baytown kids learn lessons with new high-tech gear.
School board members have approved the purchases of educational software and hardware to help students develop their capabilities for the future job market.
Some of the funds will go toward enhancing existing technology and providing educators with greater flexibility in teaching through multimedia.
Funding for the purchases comes from a $10 million instructional technology bond passed in 2005.
The school district will spend $175,840 to extend for another year the contract for an online curriculum management system. The system tracks student performance data and allows teachers and administrators to build individual lesson plans.
Fifth graders are being targeted specifically because an assessment of technology skills is required in second, fifth and eighth grades. While elementary students are familiar with technology, they are more accustomed to “texting” than actually typing, a dilemma the district hopes to remedy with these purchases.