Originally published: Entangled Solutions | June 2017
In 2005, government leaders in North Carolina saw an opening to combat educational inequality in their state. Many students living in rural North Carolina lacked access to the same quality of education as students in Charlotte or Raleigh, simply because of their geographic or economic circumstances.
Then-Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue envisioned a future in which all learners would have access to the same quality of education—through the strategic use of technology as a tool to enable and facilitate personalized learning.
To achieve this vision, the state education system would need to fundamentally transform. Rethinking the traditional education system
meant defining new roles and guidelines for the state, districts, and schools, in order to foster and support innovation. Perdue posed this pivotal question to state leaders: “What must be done to fully integrate technology into the education system?”