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High school senior to give technology advice to Superintendent - "Technology is a driving force rather than a supplemental tool"

October 5, 2013View for printing

High school senior Hayden Allred today will meet with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna in Boise to explain a learning process he developed called LAIR -- Learn, Apply, Imagine, Reflect -- in hopes of having it implemented statewide.

When Luna made a comment on his Facebook page about getting laptops to every Idaho student, Hayden posted a comment. Within an hour, the student said, Luna replied that he liked what the senior had to say and wanted to meet with him.

"Looking back, this is how I've done all of my learning without realizing it," said Hayden, 17. "Technology is more than a computer lab or an iPod cart; it's the actual language and curriculum of the age."

The Burley High student already has met with Cassia County School District officials to discuss his ideas.

They were so impressed that he was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Idaho Instructional Innovation Conference (I3C) in Blackfoot.

There, Hayden shared his ideas to better implement technology in the classroom, deeming it a driving force rather than a supplemental tool.

By C. COLT CRANE Times-News

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