Tech use at home and in the classroom

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As technology continues to find new ways to sneak into our daily lives and become an integral part of our existence, many parents will be happy to know that officials at District 51 schools are doing their best to keep up with tech trends.

According to a recent report, 70 percent of parents allow their children to start playing with lap tops or tablets around the age of two.

Students at Chipeta Elementary start heading to the computer lab in kindergarten and each teacher has access to lap tops for personal student to use.

Educational Technologist Gary Conklin at Chipeta says, the younger kids start using the computer or tablet the better.

"If they can hold a mouse and you can buy small mice now, if they can get there hand on a mouse that's about when they should start learning," says Conklin.

Conklin says he sees a huge difference with student's ability to grasp concepts if they started using the computer at home before they hit kindergarten.

According to a survey Conklin conducted, 40 percent of his students do not have access to the internet at home.

"And so that's why its so important to have this technology in schools, for those kids, because it is going to be out there in the world that they are going to go out and work in," said Conklin.

Conklin says technology has changed his style of teach and the way his students are able to grasp concepts.

"Well we know how technologically integrated things are in our society now and it just gives them that heads up, that boost," said Conklin.

The District 51 Foundation teamed up with 51 local businesses to bring digital Nook readers to elementary schools this January.
Each business donated $2,000 dollars that will go toward 500 new Nooks to help students struggling to read.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics children spend an average of eight hours a day using some kind of media or technology. The AAP recommends that parents monitor their child's daily dose of technology as over-exposure could lead to attention problems and other behavioral disorders.

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