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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.