If technology is the future of education, Pennsylvania’s Dallas School District is paving the way by building a high school designed to embrace today’s technology as well as adapt to tomorrow’s advances, reports the Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. "We had to tackle this process with the idea of looking at a crystal ball for the next 50, 75 years," Superintendent Frank Galicki said. The district intends to have the $43 million building open for the 2010-11 school year. Technology has been worked into almost every aspect of the process, from making library research books digital and building interactive screens into classrooms to incorporating green building and operating methods. There will be no cafeteria, and there is a big hole in the building next to the commons. The media center will have LCD screens and computer hook-ups instead of rows and rows of books. All resource books will be digitalized, so multiple students can access them at the same time. Environmental science students will tend a rooftop garden and greenhouse, while journalism students develop TV programs in a fully equipped broadcast studio that, eventually, could be seen by all area residents. All classrooms will be equipped with Promethean interactive whiteboards that will allow teachers and students to run programs, show textbook pages, and do anything else possible on a computer on a full-size screen. English teachers requested their classes be just around the corner from the media center, so students have easy and quick access to the large space conducive to group projects and research. Students pushed for the open amphitheater that sits in the middle of the building and provides a contained outdoor area for eating lunch, teaching classes, and–with the addition of an electronic screen–watching movies…

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