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With smartphones, Ipads and laptops, we are living in a digital world where Internet access is virtually everywhere.

But that's not the case in Quincy Public Schools where wireless Internet is not available to students in classrooms.

Senior Megan Koontz said her classes at Quincy Senior High are missing technology.

"I think right now what we are lacking is a lot of computer use in the classroom," said Koontz.

But, that is all set to change thanks to a partnership with Knapheide, who made a commitment to provide money and its IT staff to help QPS upgrade it technology in schools.

History teacher Rob Mellon said most students like Koontz have the technology devices to use for learning, but without the wireless infrastructure in schools the devices are virtually useless.

"If you just dump hardware on to the system without effectively or seamlessly using it in the classroom it is not very effective," said Mellon.

Mellon said by updating the wireless connection and giving students access to it, it will improve the learning process.

"They already know their devices. They're comfortable with them. The system will allow them to use their current devices," said Mellon.

QPS Business Manager Joel Murphy said once the infrastructure is in the schools, it will give the district the opportunity to purchase more technology.

"By getting this infrastructure in place that allows us then to begin to add more and more devices and begin to harness the educational value and educational opportunities these devices will bring to the classroom," said Murphy.

Koontz is glad to see technology finally on its way to the classrooms.

"Since we are learning through the Internet now on different computers that learning is definitely implemented in college as well and we'll be better prepared," said Koontz.

The new technology will also set up the school to be prepared for the new Common Core state standards that will be implemented over the next year, and that testing is online.  

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