Charles City Students Show off Classroom of the Future in Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Teachers from across the state got a look at the "Classroom of the Future" Thursday in Des Moines.

Teachers and administrators gathered at Hy-Vee Hall for the Iowa Association of School Boards' annual meeting Thursday, where 45 students from Charles City Middle School demonstrated what their classrooms will look like next August. The modernistic classroom replica featured movable walls and whiteboards, lights that range in brightness, tables and desks that can adjust height, and technology like the SMART Board.

The classrooms were designed by professional architects after receiving input from teachers, students and parents. The idea: flexibility.

"The classroom of the future is definitely a flexible learning space where teachers and cross-curricular activites are going to happen," said principle Rick Gabel. "Students need to have the understanding, it's not just math class, it's not just science class, those things need to be melded and meshed together."

The demonstration was done Thursday to showcase what's possible in classrooms across the state.

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