By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Some educators in Montgomery County, Pa. Today get a taste of what their classrooms might start to look like as they learn ways to better prepare their students for an unpredictable future .
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The Montgomery County Middle Unit met this morning with Discovery Education, a company that sells digital textbooks and other electronic learning materials, for a fake ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering and math) academy for many. dozens of teachers and administrators.
Discovery hopes to transform the way students are taught in the future, going beyond simply covering the curriculum being taught today.
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“And that future is really going to bring many careers that involve collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, thinking outside the box and solving problems that don’t even exist yet,” noted Dr. Johnna Weller, director of Discovery education.
Today’s “academy” was designed to energize educators and inspire them with innovative teaching methods so that they in turn can energize their students.
Weller says there will have to be conversations with the community and parents to explain that what might sound like another kind of learning is much more powerful.
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