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      Heartland school district gets online with new WiFi

      School districts across the Country are proving technology has become a vital component for the success of students, and the Kirksville R-III School District wants to prove that as well.

      School districts across the Country are proving technology has become a vital component for the success of students, and the Kirksville R-III School District wants to prove that as well.

      With the new 2013 school year underway, the Kirksville R-III School District is saying goodbye to the old and in hello to the new.

      Their new WiFi connectivity will provide more resources and opportunities for students. It will allow students to bring in their cell phones, Ipads and all other electronic devices to add to the enrichment in the classroom.

      Superintendent Pat Williams says the opportunity will enhance learning.

      "Certainly it's a tool that will enhance learning, effective instructional practices are a combination of teacher-student interaction and presentation," said Williams.

      He says the district's tech committee has been working diligently to get this done. Their technology budget is nearly $750,000.

      "It continues to occupy a substantial part of our budget," said Williams. "Not to mention training and associated types of professional development that has to take place, so it's constantly a realignment of priorities and sensitivity to current technologies."

      New wireless connection is not the only new addition to the school district.

      "Our teachers and administrators will be implementing an entirely new evaluation system for classroom practices," said Williams

      That new evaluation system will provide teachers an assessment of their effectiveness, and help guide professional development and to affirm successful practices.

      Williams says faculty and staff members are anxious for everything that's new within the district.