Sen. Johnny Ray Turner visited Harlan Independent Schools recently to announce that digital learning opportunities are expanding for Harlan Independent students with the arrival of new computers funded by coal severance funds directed at Kentucky’s economic development and diversification efforts for the region. The new technology is part of the district’s participation in the Dataseam program.
Dataseam is a unique Kentucky enterprise created almost 10 years ago with funding from the Kentucky General Assembly. The new computers for Harlan Independent are part of the legislature’s ongoing appropriations to the program.
“Dataseam helps school districts in Kentucky’s coalfields keep pace with the amount of technology available in our classrooms. Other districts often have more local resources to invest in digital tools for learning than we do in east Kentucky. Dataseam drives opportunity for our students with computers and helps us raise the bar on our ability to use technology in instruction,” Turner said.
Dataseam has provided more than 19,000 computers to schools since its inception. The workstations are linked together into one of the largest computing grids in the world that powers research for new cancer treatments at the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center.
Harlan Independent students also benefit from Dataseam’s work to leverage other opportunities for our students and our educators,” said Harlan Independent Superintendent C.D. Morton. “Our district’s technology coordinator has the best training and certification in his field and our teachers continue to build capacity to get every possible benefit from technology in our classrooms because of Dataseam’s training programs.”
Dataseam has trained more than 8,000 educators in Kentucky’s school districts.
Dataseam CEO Brian Gupton joined Turner to see firsthand how the district uses digital tools the company provides. “Dataseam grew out of our aspiration to create economic diversification and opportunity in Kentucky’s coalfields. Seeing what the Harlan Independent students are learning with technology gives me confidence that they will have the skills needed to transform the region’s economy.”