New school week could have technology twist

Minnesota’s Kingsland Public Schools is considering an alternative school schedule in which students would spend four days in a traditional classroom setting with the fifth day of instruction delivered via technology and computer, reports the Post-Bulletin of Rochester, Minn. District officials say the proposal remains at the discussion stage, but it could be implemented as early the second semester of this academic year. The plan, called i4Knights, was introduced to the school board last month. If Kingsland were to adopt i4Knights, it would likely make the district the only one in the state to have such a hybrid schedule. Officials say the proposal should not be viewed as a four-day school week, because the fifth day — or digital day — would be a school day also. Only in this case, the instruction would be delivered at a remote location, such as at home, the library, or the computer lab at school. The district rejected the idea of a four-day school week to save on costs, because it did little more than lengthen the remaining days. Kingsland Superintendent Darrin Strosahl says i4Knights could have other benefits besides saving money. "If you try a different approach, you could engage some that are not engaged right now," Strosahl said…

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