The department wanted teachers and school corporations statewide to begin digital instruction.
IDOE officials said it planned on hosting a "29-Day Web 2.0 Challenge" through February. It planned to offer an online resource with educator tutorials and tips each day of the month.
The challenge asked all teachers to look into the online tool and share ways it helps to enhance learning or how it may help teachers instruct more efficiently.
But officials with Clay Community Schools (CCS) believe they are already heading down this avenue.
"We are already ahead of the curve," CCS Supt. Kim Tucker told The Brazil Times recently. "We have the learning digital format at our fingertips."
Tucker said IDOE is pushing that all students have experience with online learning. She added she believes the challenge may be mandatory in the future.
Currently, CCS features APEX, an electronic course-taking program, which she described as taking an electronic correspondence class.
"We have a full variety of curriculum available to students," Tucker said. "They go in and register for a class, complete the assignments, then there is an assessment. They can access the curriculum at home."
Tucker said APEX is regarded as a synchronous platform, where students can work and learn at their own pace.
"The big move now is to move into the synchronous platform," she said. "We're not quite there yet."
She added allowing students to work and learn at their own pace is more "enhancing."
"It's more in-depth in certain areas," she said.
Tucker added the corporation is already taking the necessary steps to develop further digital learning tools and make them available for students.
"We're moving a number of laptops in classrooms for individual student use," she said, adding they are being moved into elementary schools as well as science and math classes.
Tucker said the program is called Computers on Wheels (COWS).
"Students are able to access online learning sites to help them access online learning activities that are being prescribed by the teacher," she said.
She added the corporation is looking into the use of iPads as well.
"I think the real big drive here is the face of education is changing dramatically across the world," Tucker said. "I think a lot of other countries, including the United States, have started to develop online learning.
"It started at colleges and universities. A lot of degree programs are completely online. It is starting to filter down to public schools. It's really forcing public schools to rethink how they deliver instruction and curriculum."
Tucker said she and Assistant Superintendent Tim Rayle are taking the issue "very seriously," in reference to meeting the challenge while also being able to "compete with an electronic format."
"I feel very confident that we are completely ahead of the curve in terms of where we feature CCS and public schools in general, heading the next five years."
In fact, Tucker said she believes more online learning will take place in the near future, where teachers may instruct online in the comforts of their own homes.
"I think the whole face of education is going to change," Tucker said. "We have started to talk with the teachers, and we will have to train teachers on delivering online. Some of these courses could be ready and available as early as next year. Hopefully, this will revive public schools."
Through the IDOE challenge, teachers statewide can share resources as well as their digital learning experiences through an IDOE Education blog and a YouTube channel.