Educators Get A Glimpse Into The Classroom of the Future
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Chalk boards, erasers and overhead projectors are all a thing of the past. Now they're replaced with smart boards and computers. Technology is changing how students learn and Microsoft executives say this is just the beginning.
On Thursday, Overton High School Junior Daisy Santoyo spent part of a class recording a voice over for a school commercial. She's surrounded by technology every day and to her generation it's second nature.
"The hash tag we'll be using today is #HSTweetup," science teacher Adam Taylor said to start his class. "And we'll be talking to a school in New Jersey."
Teachers like Taylor are leading to way in meeting student's right where they are.
"We use YouTube…as many tools as we can to keep the kids engaged," he said.
They're using technology to bring the curriculum to life.
"They're taking notes on Twitter while we're lecturing and some of the kids who don't talk will respond through Twitter," he explained.
At the Martin Professional Development Center Microsoft Executives showed Metro leaders how educators can go from using technology to help with lessons, to letting students become a part of them.
"I have an Xbox 360 up here," the presenter said. "Connected to it is a Kinect camera."
Microsoft Executives showed the crowd what the classroom of the future could look like.
It's a long way from your parent's classroom.
"It was a chalk board before and now it's like smart boards and now they project calculators so it's pretty nice," Santoyo said.
But today's students can't imagine it any other way.