VISD not surprised by Perry's consideration to use technology instead of textbooks

April 7, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 6, 2010 at 11:07 p.m.

Gov. Rick Perry's proposal to replace textbooks with computer software and technology he'd like to consider for the 2011 Legislature comes as no surprise to the Victoria school district.

"It's really pretty much what I expect for the future," said Carl Juenke, VISD director of curriculum and professional development.

The school district has already started implementing non-textbook resources in classes.

Some career and technology courses use strictly online resources, Juenke said.

In addition, students who struggle academically or are in the credit recover program use an online program called PLATO to boost their learning, he said.

There is also potential for courses at the Advanced Learning Center, set to open next school year, to use online resources only, Juenke said.

"Technology is moving so quickly that from the time our students entered kinder to the time they graduate, the technological advances are going to be absolutely incredible."



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