Bullock promises technology improvements for Montana schools


KALISPELL, Mont. - Gov. Steve Bullock promised he'd push for increased technology in schools when he visited Evergreen Junior High in the Flathead Thursday.?

Bullock says Evergreen is a model for future schools of Montana, and he has a hefty proposal for the legislature.?

"I'll be proposing to the next legislature $1 million into infrastructure to help some of these school districts with a little bit of matching dollars as they also take advantage of these federal opportunities," Bullock said.?

Technology is already a big component at the school. Students already had iPads and Chromebooks at Evergreen Junior High. But when students first got them, the school didn't have the bandwidth to use them effectively.

"As we got more devices we realized we were struggling with our devices staying on the internet," Evergreen Superintendent Laurie Barron said. "We were dropping devices, which is frustrating to a teacher who has planned a lesson with it, and we knew we had to improve our internet access."

That's when Barron was paired with the nonprofit organization, EducationSuperHighway, to solve her problem.

And that's not all.

"I walked in here like 'Wow,'" student Caeous Hattel said. "I didn't even know what it was, so I asked my brother, and he said it was a 3-D printer and I was like, 'Those things are super cool!'"

Evergreen teachers hope their students can capitalize on the opportunities new technology brings.

"I think for the most part it's just about exposing kids to opportunities for their future," teacher Victor Dalla Betta said. "I don't really know where it's going to go, but at this point I do know that they're going to be doing things that I never thought possible."

And with this technology, the possibilities seem endless.?