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Indiana Superintendents Meet With President Obama On Tech

Brad Flickinger

Eight Indiana school superintendents are meeting with President Obama to spotlight the ways they‘ve incorporated technology into the classroom.

The superintendents are among 117 nationwide invited to a White House summit to compare notes on how they‘ve used computers and other devices to make teaching more effective.

Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says her district is using software in areas from teaching kindergarteners to read to advanced-placement chemistry.

She says chemistry teachers can record lectures for students to watch or rewatch as homework, freeing up more time in class for questions, lab work, and group projects.

"What we have seen is it allows our students to be more collaborative," McCormick says. "Their critical thinking skills are just challenged differently. They're creating more; more of a project-based learning type of situation."

Superintendents from Warsaw, Paoli, Wabash County, Indianapolis' Washington Township, East Noble, Madison-Grant and Porter Township in Porter County are also attending the conference with Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The administration plans to follow up with 12-to-15 regional summits around the country.