July 28, 2014

Spring Hill ready for 21st Century classroom

Dozens of people experienced the “21st Century Classroom” during a hands-on technology demonstration at the Hilltop Learning Center on April 23. Participants learned about Android and iPad tablets, Chrome Books, Ultra Books and laptops, content filtering, Google apps, and Cloud technology, and how they will be used in the classroom. Staff photo by Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Gone are the days of blackboards and traditional classroom instruction.
The future of education is technology.
Dozens of Spring Hill parents, teachers and school officials got a first hand look at the “21st Century Classroom” on April 23.
Attendees toured a circuit of six stations demonstrating the latest in technology and how it will be integrated into the classroom to enhance learning and prepare students for college readiness and career opportunities.
“If we want kids to be ready for their future, whether its technical education, college,” said Superintendent Bart Goering.  “They are going to have to be able to learn to use technology. Because guess what, five years from now it is going to be totally different from what were using today. But that comfort level that students have is really important. And the fact that they can collaborate with others.”
Participants had a hands-on opportunity to experience the technology and how it will be used in the classroom.
The stations included Android and iPod tablets, Chrome Books, Ultra Books and laptops, content filtering, Google apps, and Cloud technology.
“We’re continually trying to do different things with technology, find different ways we can use it for teaching and learning,” Georing said.
Goering said by the time today’s elementary, middle and high school students reach college, everything they do will involve a laptop.
“That is how professors want their work sent to them.” he said. “That is how they will collaborate with their classmates.”
Goering said much of the technology displayed is paid for with proceeds from the recent $39 million bond issue.
“We had a lot of taxpayer help,” he said. “With our bond issue, we have a lot of additional technology. Not only equipment, but we are definitely souping up our wireless capabilities.”

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Gone are the days of blackboards and traditional classroom instruction.
The future of education is technology.
Dozens of Spring Hill parents, teachers and school officials got a first hand look at the “21st Century Classroom” on April 23.
Attendees toured a circuit of six stations demonstrating the latest in technology and how it will be integrated into the classroom to enhance learning and prepare students for college readiness and career opportunities.
“If we want kids to be ready for their future, whether its technical education, college,” said Superintendent Bart Goering.  “They are going to have to be able to learn to use technology. Because guess what, five years from now it is going to be totally different from what were using today. But that comfort level that students have is really important. And the fact that they can collaborate with others.”
Participants had a hands-on opportunity to experience the technology and how it will be used in the classroom.
The stations included Android and iPod tablets, Chrome Books, Ultra Books and laptops, content filtering, Google apps, and Cloud technology.
“We’re continually trying to do different things with technology, find different ways we can use it for teaching and learning,” Georing said.
Goering said by the time today’s elementary, middle and high school students reach college, everything they do will involve a laptop.
“That is how professors want their work sent to them.” he said. “That is how they will collaborate with their classmates.”
Goering said much of the technology displayed is paid for with proceeds from the recent $39 million bond issue.
“We had a lot of taxpayer help,” he said. “With our bond issue, we have a lot of additional technology. Not only equipment, but we are definitely souping up our wireless capabilities.”

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