UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- It's no surprise technology has transformed our world and the classroom.
But what Region 12 in Waco is working to do is bringing the world to the classroom, through "Project Share."
"It is a phenomenal collection of 2.0 tools and 21st Century learning techniques that really blends what you're doing in the classroom with the online learning environment," Education Specialist Lisa Monthie said.
By creating an account, teachers have the opportunity to network with other teachers worldwide and share creative classroom activities and helpful ideas with each other.
"I just am very interested in networking with other professionals not just within the state of Texas but worldwide," Reading Instructional Specialist at River Valley Intermediate, Alicia Ross said.
The Project also includes students.
"Any work that they create they can put in project share as a showcase to showcase their work and again they can use this E-Portfolio to help them when they're applying for college," Monthie said.
And while there are similar programs, Project Share has longevity on its side because a student's profile is never closed. It grows with them from kindergarten past college.
"Nothing like this for secondary students, this is really one of a kind and it really gets them familiar with this online learning environment that they're going to be taking advantage of as college students," Monthie said.
For River Valley Intermediate teacher Alicia Ross, she sees the benefits as a teacher and parent.
"We're really just excited about it, not just professionally but personally for our children that are coming up through the educational system," Ross said.