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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 10:50am

Macon Eyes Technology As Solution

Updated: 2 years ago.
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Macon leaders got together to find out how technology can improve education and the economy. One idea is to get a computer and the internet in every child’s home.

More than 100 gathered at Macon State College for a forum called, “Creating Prosperity through Technology”. The focus is to come up with programs to improve education and promote business development using the internet.

Technology strategist Kim Romaner spoke to the group. She says kids without access to a computer and the internet fall behind.

“That child is going to be a digital immigrant versus a digital native, and when that child is ready to go into the workforce that lack of computer skills is going to be a detriment to them in looking for a job and then successfully getting that job.”

Nationwide 35 percent of Americans have no home access to broadband. Romaner says with Macon’s high poverty rate that number is likely higher.