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Conference stresses importance of technology in the classroom

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Technology is almost always advancing in some way or another. That's why one organization is working to bring the latest innovations to local classrooms.

Technology and Innovation in Education, or TIE, hosts its 27th annual technology conference in Rapid City this week.

Tie was started in 1986 by the South Dakota Department of Education to help schools integrate technology into the classroom.

The main purpose of the conference is to hold workshops where teachers share with other educators how they have incorporated technology into their classrooms, and how that has improved learning for their students.

A popular topic this week will be the incorporation of internet-enabled mobile devices such as iPads. Educators say over the past few years, these devices have had a significant effect on how kids learn.

"They can look up most anything on the internet. They can connect to experts from around the world. They can learn any time, day or night, from any location. And so it's made learning much more accessible, it's made content much more abundant, which has changed the way students learn," said John Swanson, Deputy Director of TIE.

Organizers expect more than 1,200 educators state wide to attend the conference.

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