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Heritage School 8th grade students teach legislators about technology

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 7:17 p.m. CDT

BERWYN – Three Heritage Middle School students showed Illinois legislators a thing or to about technology at the Illinois Capitol Building in Springfield May 7.

About 60 schools statewide participated in the annual TECH 2013 Students for the Information Age event, where students demonstrated to the public and members of the State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to improve student achievement.

Computer workstations were set up in the Capitol Building Rotunda for students to show how technology has helped them with their schoolwork.

Taking part in the demonstrations from Heritage Middle School were eighth-graders Edin Galvez, Samantha Torres and Karla Salcedo. Faculty member Al Casiello accompanied the students.

The students demonstrated projects they created as part of the paradigm shift in learning as a result of District 100’s 1:1 computing initiative. The purpose of TECH 2013 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.

Casiello said the students showed the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois schools today.

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