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MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUHAN MIXON ED.D

Originally published Friday, November 21, 2014.

Juhan Mixon, Interim Executive Director

FASA Participates in Digital Symposium

The Senate Chairman of Education John Legg from Pasco County, convened a select group of educators, elected officials and technology representatives last week to explore ways to enhance teaching and learning through technology. The meeting was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. It was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Technology Forum. This was the first dialogue in Florida and, perhaps the nation, between large and small technology companies and educators.

The 2014 legislative session passed House Bill 5101 which directed the Florida Department of Education (DOE) to develop and implement a five year strategic plan for establishing digital classrooms. It was funded at $40 million. The DOE has recommended this be doubled to $80 million for 2014-2015 fiscal year. Senator Legg stated he hopes it will be even higher “in the $100 million range”.

FASA has been a champion of digital conversion for many years starting in the mid ‘90s when Doug Crawford, former Executive Director successfully lobbied for an annual $60 million appropriation. These dollars were moved into the FEFP early in the recession to offset for revenue losses thereby ending the categorical funding for technology.

I was honored to be a member of one of the four three member substantive panels at the Symposium. Our panel topic was “Apps”. This was an appropriate panel because of FASAs involvement in developing tools to make it easier for teachers to identify and select Apps correlated with subject, grade, Florida Standards and skills. Polk, Pinellas, Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties are partnered in the development of the project entitled Avenue for Success. Funded through a grant by the Helios foundation and the project is provided technical coordination expertise by Apple. The FASA AVE project will be unveiled at the FETC conference in January of 2015.

By the end of the Symposium, Senators Legg, Montford, and Senate president Gardner had ideas to move Florida into year two of the strategic plan funding.

Notable conclusions
•    Industry representatives began to understand that the compelling reason for digital conversion in florida is to advance student learning
•    Educators believe this effort must be sustainable and consistent to be successful
•    Digital readiness in districts varies widely. Small districts generally have less infrastructure to support digital conversion than larger districts.

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