Columbiana students get new learning tool

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – People can watch a movie in 3-D and print in 3-D, and now students in Columbiana are seeing things they never would have been able to with 3-D glasses in the classroom.

And the technology is changing the learning process for students. Freshman students at Columbiana High School were actively engaged in their lesson on Friday and excited about learning.

The 3-D glasses are required in Amy McCormick’s science class, where students were looking at a heart and eye on Friday.

“It is pretty cool because it gives you a different perspective of the things we are learning,” freshman Jared Bryarly said.

“It doesn’t seem to mater how many times you use it, they still think it is cool to be using it,” McCormick said.

The Columbiana Exempted Village School District has been using 3-D carts for six weeks. McCormick said students don’t always pick up on something the first time they hear or see it. That changed when she started using the glasses. She showed students two videos about the same subject, presented in a different way.

“They couldn’t understand why we watched the second one because they picked up the information in the first one, which would not normally happen,” she said.

“One kid learns visually. One kid learns by hearing and this hits them all and it grabs their attention. Anything that does that has a good chance of succeeding,” Columbiana High School principal Lance Hostetler said.

The technology allows students to see what is underground and remove layers. They can even rotate pictures.

“On a piece of paper it just seems flat and you can’t really get a good feel for how things work but with the projector you can move stuff around,” Bryarly said.

Teachers use the glasses once a week for lessons and students say even a month in, they are not bored with what they are looking at and they want to see more.

There are 3-D carts in the high school, middle school and elementary schools. Each cart is about $7,000 and then there is a software fee.

The district funded the technology through its general education budget. The superintendent said all of it was worth it, especially when he sees students excited about learning.

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