Luna's tech task force to hear from out-of-state experts in second round of meetings

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's
Students Come First Technology Task Force holds its second round of meetings Monday and Tuesday.

The task force is charged with advising the Legislature on the implementation of Senate Bill 1184, which passed earlier this year. The new law mandates online courses for high school graduation and shifts money from teacher salaries to technology. The law is subject to voter approval in November 2012.

The agenda includes talks from representatives of the Maine Department of Education, Denver Public Schools and Discovery Learning, an arm of the Discovery Communications LLC, the owner of the Discovery Channel.

The meeting is in the Capitol Auditorium and may be viewed live on Idaho Public Television's website.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning is dedicated to the out-of-state experts:

Steven Garton, coordinator of Educational Technology, will speak about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.

Four officials from Denver will speak about the district's instructional management system.

Four representatives of Discovery Learning will discuss education technology.

Monday afternoon is dedicated to subcommittee meetings. Tuesday includes subcommittee meetings, general task force business and a meeting of the Executive Committee from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., when the meetings ends.

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Because

There are no in-state experts? (follow the money)

speaking of money

I wonder how much it's costing to have people flown in from Maine to testify.

OF COURSE NOT!

We're too STUPID to have any of those!

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Its a sham

Who is getting paid is already decided. This is nothing but window dressing.

Will Tom

Will Tom be bringing his iPad?

Is there adult content on it?

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It would be a Dell

Look at his campaign expenditures.

Dells suck slightly less than those crappy Compaqs!

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In-state experts

Why would we expect Luna to be interested in anyone from in-state when he didn't seek any input from education experts in Idaho when he put his plan together and his only post-secondary education comes from an out of state online diploma mill.

I was interested to read

the other day that Intel -- which has the vendor spot on the committee supposedly designated for a company with no products in the area, and which had the representative during the hearings who cut in front of Idaho citizens and spoke for half an hour -- has now come out with the "classmate" laptop, intended specifically for education.

With an Intel Celery processor it will hold kids back 10 years!

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Too literal? I'm sorry you feel I have a Literal Agenda!

But it will look good in Bloody Marys...at least then the kids

will have an avocation.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Where's the proof?

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Task Farce

Its like watching a troop of baboons trying to build a spaceship to travel to the moon so they can harvest all that wonderful cheese. If people are dumb enough to believe that these stooges can design a series of complex processes to manage student data then they deserve the inevitable theft of their tax money.