Technology Presents New Educational Opportunities for Latino Youth

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Two recent events underscored the importance of utilizing digital tools to inspire students and demonstrated the intersection between technology and education.

On March 5th, AT&T's Hispanic/Latino Association, HACEMOS, held the 15th annual High Tech Day in 31 cities across the country. The event encourages students at risk of dropping out of high school to consider careers in science and technology, fields where Latinos and other minorities traditionally have been underrepresented.

This year about 1,800 teens from 70 different schools participated in hands-on technical activities and interactive workshops designed to help students succeed in our technology-rich future. I volunteered at the Washington, D.C. event and witnessed firsthand the excitement on students' faces as they learned about the inner workings of smartphones and participated in a live videoconference with students from across the nation. I've never heard the word "cool" so many times in one morning.

The same week, the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report that revealed how teachers are using technology in their classrooms to enhance learning and engage students.

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