Students demonstrate how they will use their new tools in the classroom. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)
A complete Classroom Makeover for 5th grade class
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- For Heather Burkhart, this school year will not be the same, as she gets ready to teach in the most state of the art classroom ever. Burkhart was awarded $30,000 worth of technology for her 5th grade class at Pigeon Forge Middle School.
Burkhart's classroom now features a Promethean Board with projector and 28 Promethean interactive clickers. Not sure what that is? Compare it to your modern day chalk board. It's a touch screen device where children can answer questions through technology. More commonly, she'll have 14 iPads and 10 MacBook Airs to use daily in her classroom.
The students who need a little bit more help I can meet them where they're at and the students who need some enrichment to be pushed a little farther I can do that. It's an amazing tool for doing that," said Burkhart. "This is completely different from what I learned in school, but I've tried since I started teaching, and even saw what a difference technology makes. It opens eyes and it engages the kids."
The grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities is in its fourth year. It highlights and support educators who use technology in the classroom.
Burkhart and her students showed off their new classroom at an open house event on Tuesday at the school.