Besides that, he said, the school board had made the decision a few years ago to maintain its ed-tech investment: “In some ways, it jump-started this idea that technology needs to be somewhat of a funding priority.”

Canby’s emphasis on using technology to improve teaching and learning began with former Superintendent Deborah Sommer, who in 2006 was chosen by eSchool News as one of its Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winners.

The district’s efforts at infusing technology in the classroom are attracting notice. Districts from as far as Alaska and Hawaii are looking to tour Canby’s classrooms, and Apple recently named Canby’s technology innovation grant project an Apple Exemplary Program for 2010-11.

Even with many districts looking at multimillion budget gaps next year, Morelock would not be surprised if Canby parents and educators pour more money into ed tech.

“People like to bet on a winner,” Morelock said. “When they see kids doing well and kids getting excited about school, they want to get on board.”

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