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Michigan Virtual students participate in Student Technology Showcase at State Capitol

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Lansing – Four Michigan Virtual students from Williamston High School participated in the 13th annual AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase on Wednesday, October 23, at the State Capitol in Lansing.

The students, Alex Chang, Sarah Reichstetter, Tori Tkaczyk and Reed Battjes, used computers and other electronic devices to show elected members of the Michigan State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to facilitate learning. The projects demonstrated covered a wide variety of learning areas including science, mathematics, social studies and language arts.

Jay Bennett of Michigan Virtual and Debra Lynch, Michigan Virtual mentor and Williamston teacher, led the student contingent.
The showcase was sponsored by AT&T, Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), an organization dedicated to bringing educators from all levels together to share their knowledge and concerns regarding educational uses of computers and technology.

Ric Wiltse, MACUL executive director, said that technology has joined the “three R’s” as one of the basics of educating children. “Surveys show that students enjoy using computers, so they tend to get more involved with their projects and often do much better in school as a result.”

For further information about the event, visit the MACUL website at www.macul.org.

About Michigan Virtual
Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual®, Michigan LearnPort® and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™.

About MACUL
MACUL is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1975 dedicated to assisting the education community through support, promotion, and leadership in the effective use of educational technology.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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