Personal laptop or tablet intended to help better prepare students for college and career opportunities

At North Marion School District, we are preparing for a digital conversion of our teaching and learning.

Next year all of our intermediate and middle school students (grades 3-8) will be issued their own laptop or tablet. This game-changing event opens a pathway for our students to be among the best prepared for college and career opportunities.

Within two years, we hope to expand that opportunity to all of our high school students, making North Marion one of the first school districts in Oregon to have one-to-one devices for all of its students beyond the primary school.

In addition, all of our teachers in these grades will have their own set of e-tools for instruction as well as ongoing technology training to help them maximize the return on our investment.

Our networks and bandwidth will be upgraded to handle the increased traffic and provide fast, reliable access to the Internet. We have started the process of purchasing digital instructional materials for our students in all areas of the curriculum and training our staff to deliver challenging project-based learning activities that require students to think critically, use math and scientific processes to solve problems and collaborate with peers to take on real life challenges.

These first steps will make us a part of the pioneering group that settles the new e-world of education in our state.

To help finance our transition, we are asking local voters to support the local option levy on May 20.

The levy will be the financial engine that can propel us into the future, funding not only these efforts but those setting on the horizon.

With your help, we look forward to leading the way into the digital age and empowering our students with the skills and knowledge they need to lead productive lives.

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