October 20, 2020

HCMS receives grant to bring new technology into the classroom

Pictured above (L-R): HCMS Media Specialist Glovis South, Heard County Superintendent Rodney Kay, HCMS Counselor Justin McCullough, HCMS Principal Brian Hadley, HCMS Teacher Jana Morris, HCMS Teacher/Coach Heath Horn, HCMS Teacher Jen Walston, HCMS Associate Superintendent Mike Roberts, and ViziTech USA Director of Professional Development Joe Hutcheson.

Pictured above (L-R): HCMS Media Specialist Glovis South, Heard County Superintendent Rodney Kay, HCMS Counselor Justin McCullough, HCMS Principal Brian Hadley, HCMS Teacher Jana Morris, HCMS Teacher/Coach Heath Horn, HCMS Teacher Jen Walston, HCMS Associate Superintendent Mike Roberts, and ViziTech USA Director of Professional Development Joe Hutcheson.

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County Middle School was recently named as the recipient of a 3D Rover portable imaging system, compliments of a $17,500 grant from Vizitech, USA, an Eatonton, GA based technology company.

The donated system is a 3D projector and theater system that projects videos, images and interactive lessons in the classroom.

Built inside a wheeled AV cart, the system includes a sound system, 3D computer and 25 pairs of Active 3D glasses. It is a holoprojected 3D system whereby the images are projected into the classroom and don’t simply jump out from a screen. The system is stable and interactive.

Only two school systems in Georgia received the grant — Heard County Middle and Pepperrell High School in Rome. The grants are made possible through the company’s non-profit foundation, Tek4teachers.

ViziTech USA Director of Professional Development Joe Hutcheson says the systems are a good fit for school systems that are technology progressive.

“We chose Heard County Middle School because we know their reputation and their commitment to education technology. We also know Principal Brian Hadley and he’s an awesome leader,” said Hutcheson.

“With the Heard County school system’s commitment to technology, we felt like they would embrace this equipment that we are donating to them. We wanted to get started with a top-notch school and that’s why we started with Heard Middle.”

Hutcheson says the technology is important given the current landscape of technology as it relates to employment.

“Today’s students need to be prepared for the jobs they are going to have when they graduate,” says Hutchinson. “When students graduate they are going to be utilizing 3D virtual reality, augmented reality, and other high-tech applications and we want to prepare them for that technology.”

There are 2,000 different programs that can be used with the 3D system for grades kindergarten through 12th. It can also be used to allow young students to walk with dinosaurs, or delve into the complexities of the sciences with upper high school grades says Vizitech, USA owner Stewart Rodeheaver.

A retired Brigadier General for the U.S. Army, Rodeheaver began building 3D systems while still in the Army as a means of responding to what students said would enhance their education.

According to the company’s website, studies by The National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Army, and Texas Instruments have found that 3D technology increases test scores by 33% and retention rates by up to 100%.

One study in particular, led by Dr. Anne Bamford of the International Research Agency, found dramatic academic gains in classrooms that used 3D technology.

The Learning in Future Education (LiFE) Project studied the effects of 3D technology in education with over 700 students, 47 teachers, and 15 schools in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and Sweden.

A total of 10 of the rovers are being given to schools this month in the states of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. In addition to receiving the rover, teachers at HCMS will receive training in the function of the system beginning in January.

HCMS Principal Brian Hadley is excited about the program and thankful for the grant for his school.

“I just want to say thank you to Vizitech, USA and all their partners that made this possible. I would also like to thank the anonymous donors, the students, teachers, staff, parents, community, the central office staff, and the board for all their hard work and continued support,” said Principal Hadley this week.

The principal also believes the technology will be very effective in advancing the education of Heard students.

“This is another tool that our teachers can use in order to further engage our students. The 3D virtual reality classroom will be a great addition to the instructional component here at HCMS,” Hadley stated. “It is a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful community. Also, thank you Dr. Wilson for introducing me to Vizitech. I thank the Lord for all his many blessings.”

To learn more about the company and view demos of the 3D technology visit www.vizitechusa.com.

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