The Billings (Mont.) Career Center library has several bookshelves. But most of its space is occupied by rows of computers with flat-screen monitors -- and students at the keyboards. On one morning last week, one side of the library was filled with English students writing literary analyses of “Catcher in the Rye” on computers.
On the other side, home construction and geometry students sat at a bank of computers to take a national standardized test to earn three college credits. The testing was made possible through a partnership between the Career Center and City College.
“We are paperless out here,” said Scott Anderson, Career Center principal. “We have a smart board in every classroom. We do everything digitally.”
To understand how the proposed May 7 technology levy would work for Billings K-8 students, let’s take a look at how the high school technology levy that voters approved three years ago is working.