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'Technology Tuesday' Focused on Making Classrooms Smarter

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It was all about technology Tuesday, for the second installment of "Public Schools Week."

Upgrading systems and adding technology to classrooms is one of the top priorities for many educators, so Parent Leaders in Education organized a tour to show what they hope to bring to all Washoe County schools.

"Have you done five yet?" A Clayton Middle School math teacher asked his students, pointing to problems on an ActiveBoard, before tapping number five with a stylus.

In this seventh grade math class, technology drives the learning process. Students do the work in groups, and then enter their answers into remote devices that send them to the ActiveBoard.

"This tells me, since it's green, everybody got it right," the teacher explained to a group of assembled media on the tour.

Technology is so integrated into our lives these days that educators say it's a major part of turning students into functional adults. While Clayton was able to afford these upgrades with a one-time, $1.1 million grant, most Washoe County schools weren't this fortunate.

That's why Parent Leaders for Education is pushing for better capital funding in the school system.

"At this point, if we have not started moving this direction, once again Nevada is going to be at the bottom of the ranks," PLE volunteer Andrea Hughs-Baird said.

Legislators agreed that this issue will be at the top of the list in the upcoming session.

"We need to focus on the positive, and figure out what we need to do to get better," District 15 Senator Greg Brower said, "and then make sure that we can fund that at the legislative level."

Brower said with the state of Nevada coming out of the recession, tax revenues look to be holding steady. That's good news for those hoping to make our classrooms a whole lot smarter.

"It's not technology for the sake of technology, or for fun and being cool," Hughs-Baird said. "It is because it really does drive the students to want to learn."

For more information Public Schools Week, click here.

To see Monday's story on school maintenance, click here.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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