Understanding how technology helps today's students

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Now that the Madison County Commission recently approved more than $1 million to begin a technology improvement plan in Jackson-Madison County schools, the question is: Where do we go from here? For now, at least, the answer is uncertain.

There is little doubt that many commissioners are skeptical about technology. That is not to say they disapprove, but that they fail to see the connection between technology and learning to read, doing essential math and learn history. Commissioners are not alone. Many people older than today’s millenials and other young generations find technology frustrating, even incomprehensible.

But anyone who has a good job today can attest that technology drives almost everything in business and industry. From computer numerical control machines to high-speed computerized routing of items in warehouses, to health care, to accepting a package from one of the nation’s major home delivery services, to the family car, computer technology touches everything we do.

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