Technology in school

Many students are told to put away their phones and tablets before class but one Round Rock teacher is embracing technology in her digital classroom.

Teravista Elementary School teacher Stephanie Stobe has her eyes on the future. With technology she's shaping our next generation.

"We really want to go beyond the fact that while we only get technology when you sign up for it or you substitute sending a lesson digitally versus having it on paper that's a very low level of application of using technology," Stobe says.

Stobe is the Round Rock ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year and one of about 100 district teachers with a "next generation digital classroom"
The program is intended to redefine teaching and set standards for what classrooms will look like in the next five to 10 years.

Stobe says, "Today if you're not teaching with technology I feel like you're addressing a large part of what's important to education."

The change is happening in every school across the country. Computer labs are a thing of the past, interactive textbooks are the norm and mobile devices are part of school supplies.

5th grader Nicholas Scroggins says, "We have Chrome books (and) the technology we can touch the screen and she has Nearpod."

Coco Cunningham, another 5th grader says with “Nearpod you can watch videos on it. It'll give you a video and it'll teach you how to do it."

Without a doubt classroom technology will continue to change. Some emerging trends include virtual reality, 3D printing and video homework.

But one thing that will never change is a teacher's passion to foster a love of learning one child at a time.

Stobe says, "I was blessed to have this Next Generation Digital classroom…but I would say I’m more blessed by having 47 awesome kids that I love"

In case you don't already ready know, school's officially out for summer and although teachers are encouraging students to log on to their mobile devices and laptops they also recommend picking up a good old fashioned paperback novel.

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