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The next-gen classroom: Bridging the gap of science and technology

California is adopting the Next Generation Science Standards and many teachers and administrators applaud the push into the 21st century.

science-classroom-technologyThe fields of science and technology have proved to be catalysts for many industries in Silicon Valley.

Concurrently, educators have felt the urgency to implement new technology into their classrooms. While the entire world is using innovation to promote their respective products or marketing plans, educators are working closely with their districts to stay abreast of these advancements and to find the dollars to acquire today’s technologies for their classrooms.

I’ve been teaching science for 26 years, and am currently a 7th grade teacher at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto. Although my students have always enjoyed using traditional microscopes, some students struggle to transcribe images they see in the microscope to paper. Students often draw dissimilar images rather than what is in their scope.

I was offered the opportunity to field test Exo Labs Cameras in my classroom. It was exciting to consider a tool that could lessen the struggles of some students, and help them to be more exacting and successful. I couldn’t help but envision the camera in the hands of my students.

I knew immediately I needed to incorporate this technology into my science labs and lesson plans. The Exo Labs camera is easy to use, simple, and sturdy; yet, it has very sophisticated capabilities.

(Next page: How the Exo Labs camera can transform the classroom)

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