Pittsburgh-Space College Districts Use Know-how To Assist College students Study In New Methods – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Distance learning is a huge challenge, but many local school districts are using new technology.
Teachers at schools in Pine-Richland wear wireless microphones and use tracking cameras, document cameras, and interactive scoreboards with cameras mounted so students can see the same things both at school and at home.
In the Elizabeth Forward and Avonworth school districts, teachers use Gizmos virtual science labs where students can manipulate variables and collaborate.
Elizabeth Forward Middle School eighth grader Joseph Maksin grew virtual plants.
“You have to choose what type of plant you use, how much soil, how much sun it gets, how much water it gets, and it would show a time-lapse of how it grows,” Maksin said.
His pre-biology teacher at Elizabeth Forward Middle School, Rachel Lintelman, said, “I loved that there were all of these options to interact with, and no child had the same exact answer as any other child because they all have had to do as they wanted. “
Elizabeth Forward schools take children on virtual excursions online using Google Earth and PBS. Amy Williams, an American history teacher at Elizabeth Forward Middle School, says her students followed Marco Polo’s travels on the Silk Road.
“It brings excitement to your own bedroom or living room wherever you are working,” she said.
Avonworth Elementary sixth grader Bavly Naklah loves the Sora app, which he uses to find books based on recommendations from his classmates, and he likes getting e-books faster than physical books.
“You don’t have to wait to go to school or the public library or anything to find a book. The books are at your fingertips on your laptop, waiting to be opened and read, ”said Naklah.
Avonworth Primary Librarian Sara Osborn said she could move on to e-books after the pandemic because “the advantage of e-books (which we) haven’t had in the past is that they can get the book (faster) . As soon as I have ordered it, it will be on the e-book platform the next day. “