How technology can help save rural schools

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Technology’s influence in shaping our educational system is becoming increasingly evident. Today we have the Internet, laptops and other computing devices that give students the ability to access thousands of websites and engage in a variety of learning activities.

Students and teachers are able to function in their respective roles without being in a classroom. The technology offers students the flexibility to choose how they learn, what they learn and where they learn.

In the 1930s, my parents taught in a rural school along Route 32 southwest of Park River, N.D. Dad taught the upper level students, and Mother taught the younger students. The school, Ramsey Grove, was more impressive than most country schools: The white two-story wood frame building had a dramatic spire that made it visible for a considerable distance on the prairie and was the community identifier.

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