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May 11, 2004

Valdosta - Carson Fletcher is only 10 years old, but she can already navigate her way through advanced computer programs. "We made a power point presentation that told about the experiment on how to make a compass work, and then we put it together with a program called Microsoft Producer," said Fletcher.

Her fourth grade class is showing off their savvy computer skills at VSU's Showcase Excellence in Technology. "It's a yearly conference that highlights superb teaching and students and teachers presenting how they use technology in the classroom," said Lynn Cater, Organizer.

Students as young as five years old and on up to high schoolers have designed their own web pages and done just about anything possible through the Internet. "Without the ability to use technology in the classroom, students are hindered and stagnated," said Karen Carson-Cook, Teacher.

Schools from Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Colquitt, Lowndes, Thomas and Ware counties are taking part in the showcase. It's also a chance for teachers to share ideas. "Teachers show me different web sites and web pages we can use in our lessons, different resources on the Internet, different ways to assess students," said Carson-Cook.

And with the lessons learned today, there's no limit on how far they can go in the wide world of technology.

posted at 3:40 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com