Lockhart - whose husband, Stan Lockhart, is a lobbyist for IM Flash and co-chair of the state Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics board - said her plan goes well beyond just pouring money into gadgetry.
You can't just put devices in a kid's hand and say 'Learn,'" Lockhart
There would be pieces designed to build out the wireless infrastructure needed to operate the devices and, as Lockhart
said, to train teachers on how to best utilize the technology.
The speaker previewed her plans in her comments on the opening day of the session, when she called for a fundamental overhaul of Utah's education system.
"We need nothing less than an education renaissance in Utah
, a modernization that embraces the best of our traditional approach and expedites a break with the outdated ways of the past," she
"Let's engage the tools of today and intersect with the technology that students are using to learn everything in the world right now," she
"Let's ensure that every K-12 student has access - and the understanding - of the technological devices to ensure their success int he
economy of tomorrow."
also said she
was "deeply concerned" that there wasn't a recognition that training and technology go together.
The cost of the program may be its biggest stumbling block and it remains to be seen how Lockhart
proposes to pay for it.
had apparently kept the development of the plan closely guarded, discussing it for the first time with Republican leaders in the Senate on Thursday morning in their joint leadership meeting.