PHOTO: Robert Jaime
Noah Mickey-Colman and Jackie Nichols of Tucson's Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School

In cooperation with Tucson Values Teachers, Arizona Spotlight presents a special series called Teachers' Voices. These conversations between educators, administrators, and students gives them a chance to share personal stories about the struggles and triumphs of their daily school experience.

Advances in technology have changed the classroom forever, but what about after class? Although most U.S. homes do now have some form of internet connection, many do not, and that can radically impact a student's ability to do homework and research when they are away from their school's resources.

Several different approaches to solving this "digital divide" have been tried, and one that is currently garnering some results is a take-home laptop program at Tucson's Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School, which is a part of the Sunnyside School District.

Noah Mickey-Colman serves as the school's technology facilitator, helping teachers like Mrs. Jackie Nichols to adapt and include the latest tech advances with their daily classwork.


Teachers' Voices will air bi-weekly throughout 2012 on Arizona Spotlight, funded in part by The Arizona Department of Education and Cox Communications.