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6/6/2018 6:57:00 PM
Educators discuss teacher shortages, STEM with State Supt. Jennifer McCormick
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick talked with Greater Lafayette educators and officials at the sixth annual Lafayette Regional eLearning Concerence. Photo provided by Tippecanoe School Corp.
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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick talked with Greater Lafayette educators and officials at the sixth annual Lafayette Regional eLearning Concerence. Photo provided by Tippecanoe School Corp.

Jeong Park, Journal and Courier Reporter

LAFAYETTE — Hundreds of teachers, administrators and students came to Sunnyside Intermediate School Wednesday to see what the future of education may look like. 

An iPad-equipped Segway-like robot roamed the school. Large screens displayed keynote speeches and tweets. Students, with their virtual reality goggles, ducked and sliced obstacles in a video game. 

Lafayette and Tippecanoe were among four school corporations to organize the sixth annual Lafayette Regional eLearning Conference. The two-day conference features 130 different sessions, topics ranging from creating a makerspace to incorporating cybersecurity across disciplines.

But teachers and officials spent much of their time discussing more basic questions with Indiana Superintendent of Public Education Jennifer McCormick, including how can schools be more flexible in their curriculum?

"The laws are stale," said Michael Pinto, James Cole Elementary School Principal. "They need an Etch-a-Sketch and start over." 

Another question: How can these technologies be implemented when Indiana doesn't have enough teachers?

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