O'Fallon Progress

Shiloh Middle School to participate in annual tech demonstration

The annual TECH 2015 Students for the Information Age event will take place from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.

Sixty-six schools will be represented from throughout the state of Illinois.

Included in that list of schools is Shiloh Middle School. Moreover, the SMS students will show the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the school to broadcast SMS’s weekly newscasts (Wildcast Weekly) about current events in our school and around the world.

Student demonstrations may be viewed in the Capitol Building Rotunda. They will demonstrate how technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement and student engagement in Illinois schools today.

Taking part in the demonstrations locally is teacher Alex Herrell and student members of the “Wildcast Weekly” news team: Azeem Aftab, Kyle Becker, Mackenzie Tesluk and Madison Thornton.

The purpose of TECH 2015 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology.

According to TECH 2015 Co-Chair, Deb Balayti, entering the job force without a strong foundation in information-age technology is not an option for today's high school and college graduates.

Understanding computers and related tools is a requirement, even for entry-level jobs, and computer literacy is essential for further education and advancement in almost every academic sphere.

From the elementary to the high school level, technology expands the walls of the traditional classroom, bringing in people and events from all over the globe.

Technology captures and holds the attention of this generation of learners far better than textbooks alone. TECH 2015 helps bring awareness and support for technology in education.