Engaging the current generation of students who have been raised on technology can be a challenge to say the least. But some innovative schools are harnessing students' advanced knowledge and love of tech tools to implement creative teaching methods with tools like SMART Boards to teach math and reading, Nintendo Wiis to promote fitness, and video conferencing to connect students to anyone and anyplace in the world for unlimited learning opportunities.
In a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, Anthony Rubet, a student at Andrew Street High School in Munhall, PA, said, "Last year, we talked to NASA as they were getting ready to go to Mars.”
Another opportunity cited is the possibility that students can take classes that may not be offered at their own schools - Mandarin for example - through distance education over video conferencing with another school that teaches it.
"You can do anything you want,” said Luther Parrish, a student at Andrew Street. “Say someone wants to talk to an engineer; you can find one."
Watch this video to see how students in Stamford, TX are learning and teaching others with video conferencing: