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APS prioritizing technological innovation in the classroom

Emily Jaceks
October 20, 2017 05:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Technology is taking over how children are learning new things at Albuquerque Public Schools, but not necessarily in ways that have them staring at a screen all day.

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Instead, their education is getting to be much more interactive than the schoolchildren who sat at their desks even just a few years ago.

“So kids can go up and make presentations,” said Jason Johnson, executive IT director for APS, while showing off a new kind of board that makes chalk, and even dry-erase, a thing of the past. “They can drag and drop, they can have two students up at one time where they’re interacting together, learning critical thinking skills about how do we solve this problem.”

School leaders stress that tools such as these are not toys; they’re tools, ones that can strengthen children’s’ speaking skills. Especially for those kids learning English as a second language.

In some classrooms not to be confused with collegiate lecture halls, children are even learning how to code.

The technology isn’t limited to one school in the city. No matter where you go throughout the district, school leaders say the latest innovations in education are sure to be found.

It’s all due to what APS officials refer to as a very aggressive refresh program. As technology changes, so do they. And it shows; no device is older than five years.

“Thankfully to our voters, we have a bond that passed,” Johnson said, “and we use a lot of our money that’s dedicated to that specific purpose.”

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