Sep 9, 2010 2:48 PM by Veronica White

Acadiana Leads in Classroom Technology

Louisiana is now among the top 10 percent of classrooms using interactive technology in the U.S.

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, technology company "Promethean" gave half a million dollars worth of equipment to schools in need, starting a classroom technology boom.

Now Acadiana is now leading the way.

The "Promethean Active Classroom" engages the students by using the latest in teaching technology.

Teachers at New Iberia Senior High use touch-screen boards to quickly move from one lesson to the next, and students answer with response devices.

With technology a part of everyday life, students say schools are catching up to their pace.

"The technology is keeping up with our generation and it helps us learn and understand everything better," says junior Skyla Stansbury.

"It catches my attention as something new I've never seen--I'm more likely to pay attention and remember," says Senior Jordy Joseph.

New Iberia schools are leading the way in Acadiana, with almost 700 classrooms using the system.

Teacher Leslie Stuart says, "People always think larger parishes are better than us but I think we're blessed and people are going to come to us to see what we've done to make it successful."

This is all made possible through a 6 million dollar bond residents pushed for last winter.



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