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Yes, Even Kindergarten Can Do It!

Article Date: 5/12/2016

TECH 2016
Twitter: @ice_il   #ILTECH2016 

If you have any doubts about the importance of classroom technology, you should have seen the pride and accomplishment of every student who participated in TECH 2016. More than 100 Illinois schools participated in Tech 2016, a not-for-profit initiative sponsored by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), and supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. Students demonstrated for lawmakers and the public how technology is used to enhance creativity and accelerate achievement in Illinois classrooms.

Computer classroom technology provides students immediate access to an abundance of quality information and ensures that young students will be well equipped in the future. Students demonstrated various hands-on learning techniques by using modern technology tools such as STEM learning applications, flipped classroom lessons, green screen digital storytelling and much more. 

Yes, even Kindergarten can do it! Students from Smithton Elementary School (photo above) demonstrated their project to ICN Network Manager, John Leonard. Their presentation featured how iPads support and enhance Kindergarten curriculum. Students, parents and teachers interact with assignments in real-time. Parents are able to “like” and comment (written and audio) on their work. In return, students can send short videos of their success during the class day. It was remarkable to watch how Kindergarten students engage through this environment.
Kudo’s to TECH 2016 Co-Chairs, Deb Balayti and Tim McIlvain for a job well done. The Illinois Century Network team enjoyed spending time with some amazing and talented students and we are proud to be a supporter of TECH 2016.
About the ICN  
Founded in 1997, the ICN is managed by the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) and provides high-speed fiber optic broadband and IT services for K-12, higher education, public libraries, museums, state and local governments, and healthcare organizations. Since its creation, the ICN has remained at the forefront of technology and provides a secure, dependable and scalable network providing unsurpassed customer support for Illinois citizens.