JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) - At Autrey Mill Middle School in suburban Atlanta, students are using electronic tablets instead of paper and pencil to answer questions, take tests and tell their teachers whether they understand their lesson or not. This is the classroom of the future.
Bringing technology to the classroom is nothing new, but those at major companies are spending time and money rethinking the possibilities. The group at Autrey Mill Middle School is part of a pilot project launched this spring by Amplify, News Corp.'s education technology company, which has tablets in the hands of some 2,500 students at 12 schools across the country including two in Georgia. It's one of several ambitious efforts aimed at pushing the evolution of technology in schools and the broader debate on how children learn today and how educators can and should respond.