The classroom of the future is a stark contrast from its earlier predecessors even a few decades ago, when tools like iPads and Internet access seemed more like something out of "The Jetsons" than a natural incorporation of household technologies. These new tools are being used to buttress older ones. Textbooks and pen and paper aren't a thing of the past -- just yet.
Long Beach Unified is taking a step toward that future with its
"The whole thing, I think, represents a transition in education and in what it means to be educated," said
Arzate said the new technology helps him streamline his lessons, shaving time off lengthy videos and time lost visiting the computer lab.
Recently, Arzate's class studied the scientific revolution. When a student had a science question outside Arzate's realm, he was able to instantly look up the answer and at the same time demonstrate how to do research online.
"With Wi-Fi, I think it's important for them to see if you don't know, it's really easy to figure it out," Arzate said.
The Wi-Fi project, funded through voter-supported Measure K, is rolling out in phases beginning at the high school campuses. All schools are projected to be completed by
Another school that was one of the first to have WiFi was
"It's made access a lot easier for everyone," Rhodes said. "Teachers can basically do their assessments, do all kinds of different things teachers do."
Apps like ClassDojo assign students colorful monster avatars. Using apps like this allow teachers to display the class seating chart and give out points for students that are well behaved and participating, and show which students are not.
Rhodes said some Lowell teachers use programs like ClassDojo to get kids engaged.
"Some teachers use it. They have a little system where they monitor students' behavior and it's like instant feedback where they can see exactly how they're doing, whether or not they need to improve their behavior or keep the status quo, which is kind of cool," Rhodes said. "One of them brought it to the lab the other day, and I was like, 'Oh, that is awesome'!"
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