High-tech work space lends itself to big projects

Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times

Payton Jackson, Marisa Gillam, and Makayla Trentadue are busy at work on a report for teacher Brett Thompson on Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” which fictionalized the Salem witch trials of 1692-1693 and examined social “witch hunts” such as the Red Scares of the 1950s and 1960s. The students are using a room at Amherst Steele High School’s creative learning center, using wireless technology to share notes and build a presentation. The area, remodeled over the summer with high-tech collaborative learning in mind, has proven popular and hosts 15 or 16 classes a day. “It’s like you have your own little space to work,” Gillam said. Jackson built on the idea: “Having people help you in your own little room is a lot better than trying to learn together in a busy, noisy classroom.”