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Buffalo turning to tech to boost struggling schools

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Buffalo schools are planning to integrate students' computer skills to help them improve their academic skills.


There  are five city schools listed as persistently struggling. That means they have been failing for at least 10 years: Burgard, South Park, West Hertel, Futures and Buffalo Elementary School of Technology.

Albany threw in a $1.75 million  for technology and it's all going to buy equipment for kids who grew up with tech.

Chief Technology Officer Sanjay Gilani says there will be professional development for teachers and lots of equipment for kids.
"It's all computer stuff, with the focus of PD, training teachers on how to use this integrated technology we're going to get, roughly 2,800 computers, tablets and laptops," Gilani said.

The idea is to use the computers to target help to individual students to improve their weak skills. That ranges from blended learning for ninth graders to make them more ready for high school to helping students with weak English skills improve them in an age group where they all know how to use computers.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.