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Internet needs continue to be focus in Mathews schools

Although Mathews County’s three schools just increased internet speeds from 100MB to 1GB, greater capacity is still needed to keep pace with the growing demands of online instruction, according to division technology coordinator Bill Vrooman.

Vrooman provided a technology update during Tuesday night’s Mathews County School Board meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School media center.

In two years’ time, Vrooman said, the division will need to consider upping its internet speeds to 2GB or greater as more and more schoolwork contains at least some online component.

The division has more laptops and computers than it has students, Vrooman said, and the technology coordinator is focused in providing each student with his or her own device to check out in the morning and return to the charger before leaving for the day. “I’m really focused on doing one-to-one,” he said.

Additionally, the division is transitioning from reliance on laptops to l...

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