DBJ Cover Story: Rethinking the Classroom

In a constantly evolving world replete with smart devices, social media and mobile apps, how are educators able to effectively reach students? By adapting.

Dayton Business Journal reporter Tristan Navera recently examined how and why the delivery of education has evolved in the classrooms of Wright State, the University of Dayton and Chaminade Julienne. It’s a change the DBJ believes equates to better-prepared graduates who enter the workforce ready to face the challenges of today’s high-tech, high-demand jobs.

This excerpt from the newspaper's July 4 cover story highlights what’s being done at CJ to ensure college and career readiness among all students.

Cover Story: Rethinking the Classroom

Chaminade Julienne’s answer to the bad e-mail

Dayton, OH; July 4, 2014 — Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School’s historic exterior is ever present in downtown Dayton. But inside, the green-and-blue halls are looking anything but old.

The school completed its $4 million STEMM center — STEM with the added focus of medical programming — and now it’s got an eye on connecting students with learning online through a Connected Classroom program — using Google Chromebooks and their software in the learning process. It began a pilot for the class of 2017, with 170 students getting the computers and training. This year all students will get a device.

Steve Fuchs, director of the academic office and registrar, said the STEMM center has helped the school take off with technology programs.

“The biggest thing is how they use the device in the classroom,” Fuchs said. “It’s about collaboration between the students, and their teacher. The access to different resources, working in the same documents, opens their eyes to the workflow in the working world.”

Teachers are integrating the technology into their programs, and the STEMM center has helped them push more specialized learning such as biomedical classes that bring in doctors to work with students and engineering classes involving building robots.

CJ’s business advisors are looking to get students more exposure for what a day in a career field is like, to show them what the working world entails. Most head to college, and the students there need to be prepared for a collaborative working environment, Fuchs said.

“Even in e-mail writing, a student should be writing in an academic professional way,” Fuchs said. “One of our goals with Connected Classroom is to build those working skills that aren’t taught in other ways.”

This article is re-published with permission from the Dayton Business Journal.