Students do the teaching at west side high school
There's no question, technology has changed the way your child gets an education. So much so, that in one west side high school, the students are now instructing the teachers.
While most of her day is usually spent listening to teachers, on one day, high school senior Emily Bennett is delivering the lecture.
"And it's almost like a study group, only you have the teacher mentor right there by your side. It's kind of nerve-wracking, especially with Channel 13 here, but it's kind of fun," Bennett said.
Emily is bringing her teachers up to speed on something called on a classroom research tool called "Google jockeying."
"Someone looks up on Google, or even Yahoo, it can be any database, and they find the answer and they can share that with the class," Bennett said.
They're turning the tables at Ben Davis University High School, where students share with teachers how they learn from online apps.
"We determined that we need to educate our faculty and we were going to flip the traditional educational model on its head. And we were going to learn from the natives, which are the students," Principal Wendy Skibinski said.
This is just one unique feature at the college prep school on the west side. Ben Davis University High School has attained a 100 percent graduation rate. Not only that, nine out of ten students come away from the school with a two-year associate's degree from college.
For senior Alex Galan, teaching his teachers has him more engaged and focused on the future.
"It's giving us a chance to be more involved with technology and how we're using the technology in the classroom," Galan said.
"Technology will never replace our teachers, but what it can do, it can increase learning," Skibinski said. "Then they can think about how they're going to incorporate that in their classroom. So we're very supportive, we're taking baby steps, but we have very high expectations."
Not only are students sharing information, but teachers on the receiving end are also grading the student's presentation. It's a two-way street that promises long-term benefits for both students and teachers.