Educational Technology

April 21, 2014

Virtual learning lab could change learning landscape

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Attiyya Anthony, Sun Sentinel

“If we’re not teaching these kids technology then we are doing them a disservice,” said Principal Jeff Silverman. Last month, the school was chosen as one of four schools in the nation, along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to be featured in a French documentary called “School of the Future.” The blended classroom is called ‘Christa’s Launch Pad’ and teaches eighth-grade students United States history, not in the traditional method, but with every student glued to a computer. This is no typical classroom — instead of chairs, there are yoga balls and video game rockers. Students plug in their headphones and work on online modules provided by the Florida Virtual Learning School on topics ranging from the French and Indian War to Women’s Suffrage. Two teachers are there to help and ensure the kids stay on task.,0,7401544.story

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