Eight Indiana school superintendents are meeting with President Obama to spotlight the ways they‘ve incorporated technology into the classroom, including Paoli’s Casey Brewster.
Superintendents from Warsaw, Wabash County, East Noble, Madison-Grant and Porter Township in Porter County are also attending the conference with Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The administration plans to follow up with 12-to-15 regional summits around the country.
The superintendents are among 117 nationwide invited to a White House summit to compare notes on how they‘ve used computers and other devices to make teaching more effective.
Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says her district is using software in areas from teaching kindergarteners to read to advanced-placement chemistry. She says chemistry teachers can record lectures for students to watch or re-watch as homework, freeing up more time in class for questions, lab work, and group projects.
Washington Township of Marion County Superintendent Nikki Woodson says students have connected with peers around the world and taken virtual tours of the Smithsonian.
She and McCormick say the software stimulates critical thinking in ways a page of quiz questions can‘t. And Woodson says computer-based lessons lay a foundation for the technology and problem-solving skills students will eventually need in the workforce.
The administration plans to follow up with 12-to-15 regional summits around the country.