Sep 28, 2009 4:54 PM by Bea Karnes

Local high school showing off taxpayer-supported improvements

Lewis-Palmer High School in D-38 has invested heavily in new technology and will show it off to parents and other taxpayers at an open house this evening. The new technology and interactive features were funded by school bonds.

According to district spokeswoman Robin Adair, the improvements include:

* A "Learning Studio" with a system for the class to provide immediate feedback to the teacher during the lesson. Students use wireless transmitters called clickers to answer questions to demonstrate that they are understanding and engaged in the presentation.

* The Distance Learning Lab allows video conferencing and virtual classroom capabilities. The Cyber Café features LCD monitors with touch screens.

* Short-throw projectors allow teachers to share materials with large groups easily, and the "STAR board" replaces the blackboard with a surface that will print, save, and manipulate written information electronically.

* The new black box theater is not only a performance space for small audiences, but a multimedia presentation gallery that may be used for a variety of interactive learning experiences. The flooring is also conducive to dance type classes with state of the art sound equipment.

Part of the remodeled space is designed for project-based learning, a departure from the traditional "25 students in a square room" layout for classrooms. It is set up to enhance collaborative efforts and student interaction in the learning environment.

Students may also check out laptop computers to use in this wireless hot spot as they use the space to work on assignments and access the new, interactive classroom web sites implemented District-wide this fall.


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