Ozark City Schools had its annual institute – an event intended to stoke teacher enthusiasm about the coming school year – Monday. At the event, teachers got to share ideas and strategies and also got to check out some new technology available for the coming school year.
The school system recently received a $382,910 grant to purchase 3-D imaging technology from ViziTech. The funding provided two 3-D classrooms and five AV Rovers that can create 3-D displays in classrooms.
The equipment purchased from ViziTech allows educators to project 3-D images in classrooms. Educators can zoom in on images, turn and manipulate them and even pull them apart. Students see the images through 3-D glasses, which are configured to eliminate discomfort with 3-D images.
The technology has a wide range of applications, including displaying parts for engineering and drafting classes or showing internal organs in health classes, among others.
Rodney McCloud, drafting instructor, said the technology will provide a more engaging and interactive learning experience for students.
“It’s a hands-on, real thing with real problem solving and real engagement,” said Dana Griggs, career center director.
Griggs said Ozark teachers are developing curriculum to use with the devices and plan to make that curriculum available to other schools in the state.
Mike Lenhart, Ozark City Schools Superintendent, said the new devices are part of the system’s ongoing commitment to provide relevant education through modern technology.
“Our mantra is student engagement,” he said.
Megan Pettus, a former television reporter turned television production instructor, said she was proud of the efforts taken by Ozark City Schools to provide technology to students.
“Being a new teacher who didn’t come from a traditional background in education, seeing the opportunities students are being provided here is awe-inspiring,” she said.