“Students need to be prepared for careers in the future,” Moreman said. “Technology increases student engagement, which increases student learning.”
Several students said they enjoy being able to see the information displayed. It allows them not to be crowded around one table.
Melissa Keown’s class has been growing duckweed and checking the population in the new lab area. Keown, who has been able to try out different labs because of the added space, has enjoyed the room.
“We’re back in the lab at least once a week,” Keown said. “It’s been a busy school year so far.”
A student in her class, Macy Wright, likes the layout of the room.
“You can see everything,” Wright said. “It’s out in the open.”
The classroom also allows more hands-on activities.
“It has added to the curriculum,” Keown said. “We can move around, work in groups and have more freedom.”
Doug Danforth, a chemistry teacher, said the space has been a great addition. Danforth said he is able to have students move around without an issue.
“We were constricted in the prior room,” Danforth said “It wasn’t feasible when doing demos.”
Students also like the added space. The space allows for more lab opportunity, student Brandi DeBoard said.
“We get a lot of hands-on experience,” said DeBoard.
Macy Willoughby, another student, said she likes how the renovations are “high tech.”
Ian Shell, agreeing with Willoughby, also likes the technology.
Another student, Jacob Marley, said his favorite part was the being able to see the “board” regardless of where he sat.
“We don’t all have to sit in one spot,” Marley said. “We can see it on the wall or a TV.”
Because of the size, some teachers, like Makay Adams, said they don’t notice the noise level as much anymore.