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MI Students Show Off Tech Skills

March 5, 2008

Grand Rapids, MI – It's not just book learning that kids need these days; computer training has also become a key part of public education. School students from around Michigan are showcasing ways technology is used in the classroom this week. Projects range from a PowerPoint presentation about the water cycle to a clay-animation movie of an original story.

Ric Wiltse with the Michigan Association for Computer Users says technology also helps reluctant learners connect with school topics.

"The core areas of math, science, English, social studies are really best taught these days through technology. They are learning in a digital age."

Wiltse believes computers in the classroom also prepare students for today's workforce.

"Team-building skills, reporting things out through blogs and wikis. So we really are preparing our students for the work force of the twenty-first century."

The Michigan Education Association has helped bring the event to the state for six years to encourage a mix of academics and technology in public classrooms.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MI