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Florida educators have questions about the future of instruction in their state

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013 10:19 AM

In five years, the instruction K-12 students receive in Florida will look quite different than it does right now. Not only is the Sunshine State in the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards, but its schools are also taking steps toward becoming more technologically advanced learning environments.

Florida school districts are currently working toward transitioning much of their instruction into the digital realm. According to the state's Department of Education, this includes providing students with more learning materials, such as textbooks, in an electronic format by 2015.

However, as this deadline approaches, many educators have questions about the transition to more digital learning options. For example, Michael Eugene, the chief operations officer for the Orange County Public Schools, told StateImpact Florida that he still has many questions. Eugene is unsure of how much the process will cost, as well as which materials are considered to be most effective.

Fortunately, Eugene and other Florida educators who have questions may find the answers they seek at FETC 2013, a conference that brings together experts from the education and technology sectors for the sake of improving learning. According to the event's website, the conference will run through January 31 in Orlando.