One Class At A Time: Making a 'hands-on' studio

By WEEK Producer

March 7, 2012 Updated Mar 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Technology in the classroom is becoming the new norm across the nation. And now, one Unit 5 school will also be able to teach students by being interactive.

Michele Southerd spent her lunch in the lunchroom chatting it up with students when she was surprised with the HOI 19 and CEFCU $1,000 One Class At A Time grant.

Southerd said the money will go far.

"I'm going to get some computer software, some headphones, microphones, so I can make a working studio here so that when we make skits or videotapes of what they are studying in social studies or language arts, they can create their own videos," she said.

And with their own mini TV studio, the opportunities to learn hands on are endless.

"I'm hoping too we can do the student announcements, we can have a couple of students practice their presentation skills and using that and then we can do video feeds," said Southerd.

Eighth grade student Katie Stempinski said, "We're very advanced with our technology, so having this grant, it's really cool because we get to just go even further with that."