Technology and the future

posted Sep 28, 2016, 9:13 AM by Laurie Vent   [ updated Sep 28, 2016, 10:19 AM by Tim Pohlman ]
I love exploring new technology when I get a chance. Just when I think it can't get any more amazing, some new technological advance comes out and I am "wowed" again! 
Technology is infused in just about everything we do in this world and it will only become more so. To prepare our students for the future, we need to embrace technology and use it to expand course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; support learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; build 21st century skills; increase student engagement and motivation; and accelerate learning. These are exciting times! We have a chance to rethink what courses we offer and our expectations of both ourselves and our students.
The other day I was able to experience VR - virtual reality learning. In one module, I became a doctor in an ER and had to figure out what injuries my patient had and how to treat them. It was like I was in an actual ER! I could look around, "pick up" tools, "touch" the patient and make decisions on how to proceed. Thank goodness it was VR as I made some mistakes. But that is what made it such a great learning experience. I could learn from my mistakes and try again and I was engaged the whole time. Here is a picture:
This got me thinking, wouldn't this be awesome in Anatomy and Physiology? You could explore internal organs and look at them from all sides and learn the various parts. Or how about exploring Mexico City or Spain in Spanish class? I could think of all sorts of uses to enhance our curriculum and expand our students' learning.
What types of course work  and technology would you like to see offered here at Upper Sandusky Schools?