Schools that still rely on a computer lab either alone or with one or two outdated desktops per classroom simply aren't equipped to make a real digital leap. But providing more computers — whether a desktop, laptop, tablet or another device — isn't cheap. Schools have little choice but to make financial provisions for changing technology and related demands.
In two years, Florida will require schools to make instructional materials available in electronic or digital formats. Other states may follow. And even if a mandate doesn't create a sense of urgency, the reality that the workforce simply demands students be comfortable with integrated technology certainly should.