According to LaTanya Greer, principal of the district’s Curtis Middle School, where students with disabilities take electives in engineering and manufacturing, the children are “able to shine in those classrooms and then use what they learn in other contexts.
In “Connected STEM Classrooms Breaking Down Learning Silos for K-12 Students,” Students Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Also Get a Strong Start for Their Futures . At Central Union High School District in El Centro, Calif., for example, these students are learning in a brand new STEM building where pervasive technology supports interactivity and collaboration.
“This is an effort to provide our students with industry-standard experiences, not simulations, because we want them to be as prepared as possible,” says Ward Andrus, district superintendent.
READ MORE: Superintendents share collaborative strategies for K-12 digital transformation.
Students are not the only ones to benefit from the integration of technology in the classroom. In “Is Obsolete Technology Contributing to the Great Teacher Quit?” , educators explain how robust and improved technology can benefit teachers in the classroom – and how it can help attract and retain them overall.
Crystal Wielenga, a third-grade teacher at Lucille Moore Elementary School in Bay District Schools in Florida, says her new wireless devices and mobile workstation provide more freedom and flexibility. No matter where she is in the classroom, she says, “I can see the kids on the periphery of the classroom, and I can engage them more, to make sure every student has the best chance to learn.”
The connection is clear. When we give students the educational technology tools that empower and inspire them to learn today, we give a wider range of students their best chance at a brighter tomorrow.