Schools demonstrate learning in their high-tech classrooms
AUSTIN, Texas Jan. 25, 2011 Monday, January 31, 2011
Texas Deborah Jolly
At the beginning of each legislative session, invited schools set up their classrooms in the Capitol. Throughout the day, they conduct class just as they do every day in their home districts. This year students, utilizing both PCs and Macs, will be working with video and sound editing, robotics, iPods, iPads, online virtual learning environments, one-to-one laptop computing, online interactive learning and other educational technologies.
Legislators and invited guests have the opportunity to venture through actual classrooms to observe and experience educational technology in use by teachers and students. "The students are eager to show their Representatives and Senators how these tools are used in the education process and how much they benefit from their use," Jolly concluded.
Participating districts include: Amarillo ISD, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Irving ISD, Klein ISD, Manor ISD, Ysleta ISD, Floydada ISD, Coleman ISD, San Saba ISD, Pasadena ISD, and the Texas School for the Deaf. Remote schools include Stockdale ISD, Alief ISD, Valley Mills ISD and Panhandle ISD. Corporate sponsors include Apple, Wexford Institute, NxVentures, Time Warner Cable, Texas Virtual Learning Network, AMD, Connections Academy and Virtual Drive Driver Education.
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