Rashka teaches the class in Washington’s full-motion, two-way interactive video studio, one of seven in the Milwaukee Public Schools. The Marshall students hear and see everything Rashka says and does, thanks to the two cameras and microphone set up in the room. One camera is focused on Rashka; the other is a document camera focused on the long, complex equations the teacher writes out to illustrate the lesson.
Hi-Mount and Burdick are ahead of the curve when it comes to integrating technology into the classroom. But throughout Milwaukee Public Schools, an ambitious vision of technology is beginning to take hold. It addresses access and equity, teacher training and student data management, partnerships with businesses and higher education. And at its center, it embraces the idea of technology as a tool of school reform, deeply integrated into all aspects of day-to-day teaching and learning.