Eau Claire Schools consider technology expansion in classrooms

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) An area school district is weighing its options to expand technology in the classroom.

Monday night the Eau Claire School Board laid out a plan to spend more than $1.2 million to bring more electronics into its classroom.

The plan is to purchase 1400 iPads and put them in 5th and 6th Grade classrooms in the district.

Along with the iPads, the district would add Google Chromebooks to every English classroom at the high school level.

"The initial work has been successful there is also a great deal of pressure from the English Department to have computers because there is a great deal of word processing," says Jim Schmitt, Director of Assessment and Technology.

The district will consider the plan laid out and make a decision at the next board meeting on June 16th.

If approved the iPads and Chromebooks would be ready for students starting this fall.

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