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Strengthening basic skills in an age of technology

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No doubt, technology is very helpful. But educators say some students are relying too heavily on the tool.

Some young people depend on a calculator to add and subtract, making it difficult for some to count change in situations where a cash register isn't available. And when it comes to spelling and proper grammar, the popularity of "text speak," or abbreviated words in casual online conversations, is showing up in their classroom assignments.

Teachers at one local school district say technology isn't all bad. It can be helpful. The challenge is learning how to use the technology to strengthen what students should already know.

Tune into Wednesday's Focus @ 4 for this full report.

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