This year, the students also received several new tools, including new technology for scanning and diagnosing engine problems. Sanger added that he provides the students several opportunities to learn how to build and operate engines, as well as putting those skills into practice. A walk around the shop will find several projects students are working on.
The other, traditional classrooms utilize more computerized technology.
In Mrs. Keesling's class, programs such as Photoshop and InDesigned are used for publishing, Dream Weaver is used for web design. Several Google applications are also utilized, as well as workbooks for online accounting.
At Wednesday's event, Mr. Wallace showcased how he is integrating the MacBook computers the school district is purchasing, into his classroom techniques. The Internet and technology allow his students to respond electronically in class, with results being seen right away. Wallace said this has helped his students overcome some shyness, as their answers are submitted and displayed anonymously.
The program he uses for this is called Socrative Teacher, and he is still learning ways to use it. As all students are able to see all of the answers, they are able to learn from each other. For instance, when he asks the class their opinions on a subject, students will say, "I never considered that" when reading the thoughts of another.
There is also plenty of fun to be had with technology. Wallace's students like Blabberize.com, a website that allows students to take a still photo and integrate moving lips and audio with it, to make it appear as though an historical figure is talking to them.
"We continue to make progress in using technology to expand learning opportunities for our students," Superintendent Randy Flack said. "Many teachers are seeking new applications that students can use to expand learning opportunities."