Ore. school board tries to jumpstart tech learning

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BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) -- To comply with a Oregon Department of Education mandate to produce computer-literate students by eighth grade, educators in the Baker School District are wheeling in computers and smart boards in an effort to jump-start technological proficiency.

The computers will literally be on wheels, taken to classrooms that need them. They'll be joined by so-called smart boards, computer programs that have replaced whiteboards in every Baker City classroom from grades 1-6.

As part of the system, students can answer questions via hand-held "clickers" from their seats, the Baker City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/yQCPi5 ).

A local school board member said he's uncertain about forcing teachers to learn unfamiliar technology. Superintendent Walt Wegener replied that teachers must "join the universe where it is now."