Time is up for the 13 students in Stephanee Stephens’ eighth-grade Spanish class.
For the last few minutes they’ve been conjugating verbs, each typing away on a small tablet when a message pops up on the screen: “Eyes on the Teacher.” Stephens, with tablet in hand, asks for “voluntarios o victimas” to come up front, plug their tablet into a projector and share their answers.
This is the classroom of the future.
The group at Autrey Mill Middle School in suburban Atlanta is part of a pilot project launched this spring by Amplify, News Corp.’s education technology company, which has tablets in the hands of about 2,500 students at 12 schools across the country including two in Georgia. It’s one of several ambitious efforts aimed at pushing the evolution of technology in schools and the broader debate on how children learn today and how educators should respond.