By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Wewahitchka-- Students at Wewahitchka Middle School are getting their education in a 21st century classroom. A classroom many adults would find confusing.

Chalkboards, paper handouts and pencils are being replaced by hand-held remotes, wireless tablets and laptops.

The Gulf county school district is paying for this classroom retrofitting at Wewahitchka Middle School with a government grant.

"Gulf County received the EETT grant which is a large technology grant to bring schools really into the 21st century as far as instruction," said Principal of Wewahitchka Middle School, Pam Lister.

The school received 100 laptops, the Quizdom response systems and smart boards for every classroom.

"As a teacher, this has helped me keep students actively engaged. It's not only a learning process but they feel like they're playing and they come in excited every day to learn and work," said 6th and 8th grade teacher, Carla Dunn.

Dunn's classroom is equipped with Quizdom, an interactive learning system.

Ms. Wood's 8th grade math students next door are reviewing for a test. At first glance is looks like the students are playing a home video game. When in reality, they're learning math concepts like mean, median, range and mode.

"To win, you have to answer questions math related so it's teaching us at the same time while we're having fun," said 8th grade student, Brenda Palmer.

"It has just heightened learning engagement like nothing I’ve seen. We had really student friendly classrooms, lots of cooperative learning, lots of hands on projects, nothing has caused students to want to come to school, be involved and be excited like the use of technology which is something they use every day. It's the language they speak,” said Principal Lister.

This new technology has made its way into all of Gulf County's schools.

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