What is TECH 2014?
TECH 2014 is a not-for-profit initiative supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Its purpose is two-fold: 1) to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world; and 2) to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. The TECH 2014 Committee thanks the General Assembly and our corporate partners for their generous support of this program.
Technology is a Powerful Tool in the Classroom
Technology can be a powerful tool in the classroom to enhance and accelerate student achievement; however, some people don't fully realize the extent to which technology can impact students and teachers. As people better understand what the information age makes possible in the classroom, they realize that if students are to be successful in the 21st Century, they must have access to the latest technologies.
While schools continue to struggle with the growing costs of technology and limited outside funding, TECH 2014 gives our teachers and students a voice to influence their future and increase awareness of the importance of technology in schools.
TECH 2014 Event -- Demonstrations for Legislators in State Capitol
Since 1990, students and teachers have set up demonstration tables at the Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois to show elected officials, business leaders, and the general public how technology is being used in schools.
The TECH 2014 event strives to present classroom technology projects from across the state of Illinois. All schools and districts in Illinois are invited to apply to participate. Selected schools will send teams of up to four participants to TECH 2014 which will include two or three students accompanied by one teacher and/or administrator. School selections will be made on the basis of the location of the school within the state, grade level, type of demonstration proposed and diversity in student learning styles. Each participating school will be provided a table in the Capitol Building on which to showcase project information. All demonstrations will take place Thursday, May 8. Funding for travel and other expenses incurred by participants will be the responsibility of each participating school.
All schools throughout the state of Illinois are invited to apply to participate in TECH 2014. Applications are now closed and applicants will be notified of their selection status during the first week of February. School teams will be selected at the end of January to represent a balanced distribution between legislative districts, grade levels, and curricular areas. Preference will be given to those projects that demonstrate improved teaching and learning through the use of technology.
You may contact the TECH 2014 Committee if you would like more information about this event. You may view the TECH 2014 Brochure, list of participating TECH 2014 schools, or the TECH 2014 Program Book.