More than 100 middle and high school students recently took part in a unique program that introduces largely ignored migrant students to the world of computers, offering them the connections to technology and higher education that could point them toward college, reports Arizona State University. The 19-year-old program, called Conexiones, was pioneered by ASU’s Sanford Cohn, an associate professor with the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education. During separate workshops conducted at three of ASU’s four campuses, students snapped digital pictures, wrote poems about their lives, used the NewsMaker computer program to produce television-style interviews with ASU honor students, and scripted and filmed commercials for teen-friendly products. They also received encouragement and support from ASU faculty and interacted with successful ASU students. At the time the project emerged, education experts had few ideas about how to uncover the academic strengths of Hispanic migrant students. "Because English wasn’t their first language, they didn’t qualify as gifted on tests," Cohn says. "No one was doing much but arm chairing.’ But arm chairing morphed into action when Cohn posed the problem to students in one of his graduate classes. One student, who worked in an inner-city school, told Cohn she could gather a group of migrant students and bring them to the university for a workshop with 16 donated Amiga computers. The idea was to introduce them to the fast-developing world of computers and seed in them the idea that college was within their grasp…

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