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Two officials tapped for state task force

POSTED: November 5, 2012 12:32 a.m.
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Forsyth County will be well represented on the Georgia Digital Learning Task Force, which aims to improve student achievement through digital learning.

Forsyth County School Superintendent Buster Evans and District 23 state Rep. Mark Hamilton were selected to serve on the 12-member task force.

Hamilton, a Republican from Cumming, said it is “very gratifying” that local residents will be represented by two from Forsyth.

“Dr. Evans brings educational experience and I bring legislative experience,” he said.

For his part, Evans said he will share with the panel how the school system uses technology, including programs such as Bring Your Own Technology and the ANGEL learning management system.

“We know that the face of education is changing more and more,” he said. “As we have been doing in the district, statewide we believe we can expand access to content and learning opportunities to students in a more cost-effective way by utilizing the technologies that exist.”

Evans said there’s still a place for textbooks, but as technology becomes more prevalent, schools should train students for the future.

“We see more and more, the conversation shifting away from traditional print textbooks to interactive media, which is digital,” Evans said. “We want to make sure we make good investments in the future that are efficient in order to create more learning opportunities.”

Hamilton looks forward to working with Evans and the rest of the task force, whose first meeting is later this month.

He noted the local school system “is consistently recognized for the outstanding and cutting edge use of technology,” adding that Evans’ “leadership and insight will be extremely valuable.”

Evans pointed to Hamilton’s experience, along with his position on the House Appropriations Committee, which could prove helpful as the talks shift to funding new initiatives.

Hamilton said he will take the lead “should legislation be necessary as part of the task force’s recommendations.”

The panel also includes representatives from other school districts, the state Senate, General Electric and Comcast.

“You don’t want everybody who has had the same type of experience on there,” Evans said. “The backgrounds of everybody will contribute to the success of the overall committee.”

 

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