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OPINION

Letter: Computers in the classroom boost students

Computers, tablets, dynamic programs, internet speeds faster than anyone even a decade ago ever could have imagined. Technology has revolutionized classroom learning.

Students from Wayne County recently came to Lansing to show the governor, lieutenant governor and their own local lawmakers how they are using technology in their classrooms. Students prepared and delivered presentations at a Student Technology Showcase that reminded policymakers just how important it is for young learners to have access — and an education in — the latest trends and technologies.

Computers are no longer an emerging trend in our schools; they’re the standard.

Globally, there are an estimated 4.7 students to every 1 computer, with 72 percent of students using computers at school. Here in the U.S., that ratio is significantly better, with 1.8 students for every computer. An estimated 71 percent of school-aged and older individuals have used the Internet, including early learners as young as 3 years old.

Technology is providing dynamic new opportunities to boost student proficiency in reading, logic, and other subjects. It’s why American students outperform their peers around the world when it comes to digital reading and evaluating web resources.

The Student Technology Showcase, now in its 16th year, provides our state’s leaders with an up close, in person look at the amazing work their own local students are doing in their own local schools. It also provides a critical reminder of the importance of technology, and the importance of using it responsibly. Dangers like identity theft, cyberbullying and online predators remain very real threats.

More than ever, students are being equipped with the tools they need to stay safe, but that work is never over.

Mark Smith, executive director

MACUL

Jim Murray, president

AT&T Michigan