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Stay in touch with state representatives and senators to keep them informed about your concerns regarding educational technology in Massachusetts schools. Remember, they must keep abreast of a huge number of issues, so it's your job as a citizen to keep your issue "on the front burner."

Here are some steps you can take that will help:

1. Find out who your legislators are. The state's web site will help you (http://www.state.ma.us/legis/) find them and learn about their interests.

2. Invite them to your school to see technology in learning -- this could be a special technology day presentation or one or two classrooms you'd like to show off. ( Hint: legislators are often in their home districts on Fridays.)

3. To keep them informed, send them email, reports, articles, and other pertinent information. For example, you might want to send the recent report of the Special Commission on Educational Technology .

4. If you are in Boston, stop in at their offices and leave your card. Introduce yourself to their staff and keep those names, so you can ask for them next time you call.

Legislators control the purse strings and many aspects of policy, but they are not familiar with the details of most issues. They won't know what you need unless you tell them.

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