Schools Lack Use of Technology
McKenzie teaches fourth grade at Chance Elementary school, and says his new SMART Board, and electronic and interactive white board, has changed the way his students learn.
"Participation is close to 100 percent in every lesson especially when the SMART Board is on, because it's so unique," McKenzie said. "It's so new to them, and this is how they learn. They go home and play their Nintendo and do their DVDs. This is just an application of that in the classroom."
Participation may be up for McKenzie, but technology use in Missouri classrooms is down. The new report from Education Week magazine scored the state at or below the national average in every category of technology use.
It's one of the technology issues Centralia hopes to address in Tuesday's election, which could mean a new third to fifth grade building.
"We are trying to make an effort to educate our teachers so they're able to educate our students in a more appropriate manner where technology is concerned," Centralia superintendent Darin Ford said.
Mckenzie says he likes finding new ways to use technology and would welcome even more of it.
"It wasn't hard for me to integrate it," McKenzie said. "But, for a lot of teachers it can be tough. It's something new. It's not something they grew up with."