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Leaders Meet For Technology in Education Symposium

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Top education leaders in the Silver State gathered Wednesday to discuss the need to improve technology in our classrooms.

Because of budget cuts to the state's education over the years, it's been a challenge to give more schools what they need to stay competitive with classrooms in other states.

"We know that our children learn very differently today than they did in the past," said Pedro Martinez, Washoe County School District Superintendent.

He talked about how classroom technology is only going to get more advanced.

"I see the use of technology growing significantly overtime because our teachers are realizing that it creates so many efficiencies," Martinez said. "Our children are so excited that they're using technology to learn."

That discussion picked up Wednesday during the "Technology in Education Symposium." It was all put on by Sage Ridge High School Senior, Konner Robison, who is also going to Stanford University.

"The purpose is to really talk about the current status of where we're at with technology in the school district and where we can improve," he said.

Robison started the Scholastic Gateway Fund a few years ago, and it raises money from the community to give out technology grants to classrooms in need.

"There's some schools that have a projector in every classroom," he said. "There are many schools that don't. So, we're trying to kind of patch up that disparity."

Robison brought in the panel which included:

Superintendent Martinez
Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dale Erquiaga
University of Nevada President, Marc Johnson
Truckee Meadows Community College President, Dr. Maria Sheehan
Washoe County School District Chief Information Officer (Information Technology), Ed Grassia
Reno Gazette-Journal's Siobhan McAndrew

They talked about how children need to be skilled in the latest technology as early as possible.

"This state cannot rise without putting a focus on technology because it is our future," Dr. Sheehan said. "The sooner that the students can gain a skill in technology, the more successful they will be in college."

Of course, the state's education budget has made it tough. That's why they're asking the community to get involved and donate to causes like the Scholastic Gateway Fund

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