The donation of a high-tech table will allow Clark-Pleasant students to work together on projects.
The new $20,000 conference table was installed last week at Clark-Pleasant Academy. The table has a television with a 46-inch screen, and students can hook their laptops up to the screen.
Instead of editing one-on-one, teachers can use the new conference table to work with their classes to peer review a student’s work, such as a group project, essay or résumés, said Clark-Pleasant Academy student services coordinator Lisa Morris. The technology is user-friendly and is as simple as plugging a cord into a laptop, she said.
“This generation is so technology-focused,” Morris said. “If it’s technology, they’re drawn in, so I think that’s a big benefit for us. It’s just the next new thing in that vein of new technology.”
Students have put their resumes on the TV screen, which allows all of the class to give feedback, Morris said. Rather than only having a student’s resume edited once, the document is edited multiple times, Morris said. Students also can edit essays during English classes, and receive remediation for end-of-course assessments, Morris said.
Students also learn to work together on projects, since that is how most companies operate today, she said.
AT&T approached Clark-Pleasant Academy one year ago to see if they would be interested in the new technology, Morris said. The goal with the donation is to prepare high school students for the workforce, particularly at-risk students.