Elementary school, we all remember like it was yesterday.
For some of us we remember the first day of kindergarten — walking into our new teacher’s colorful room, books, the projector and television cart.
I think much of education is still the same as it always has been, but the technology has been upgraded and the curriculum changed to prepare the students for their future — such as learning video and software which were not around before.
My earliest memory of “hands-on” technology in class was in a middle school science class. It was split into cubicles and each had a different project to follow and each ranged from dissection of frogs to investigating fingerprints at crime scenes.
Every time I cover a story at the elementary schools, I find myself blown away at the technology used in classrooms and how the children are receiving it so well.
These young children can record, edit and share video on iPads, live chat with people from afar and complete assignments on tablets and computers.
Aside from the technology, the curriculum encourages the students to take on science and math and other subjects by using technology — some call this hands-on learning.
Students have built plastic objects by programming machines, they’ve made robots, connected circuits and more — all of which prepares them to do the things adults are doing and encourages them to be more cognitively engaged.
Some of these students are doing things many older students and graduates can’t even do and they do it with ease — like flipping a page of a book.
I believe schools have always tried to implement this type of learning, but I do not remember it as much in elementary school.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by these things anymore — I should be used to it and expect it — but I’m still blown away.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.