CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) Chattanooga State hosted an education conference to influence the use of technology in the classroom this afternoon.
This was a time where teachers and principals in southeast Tennessee came together to exchange ideas.
Many education professionals came to looking to learn as much as they could.
In this new age of technology, the flashing lights and excitement of what iPads and cell phones can do may be distract students, but Special Education teacher Sam Martin doesn't believes so.
He says it can be motivation.
"I equate it to cereal when I was growing up,” said Martin. “That's kind of the prize in the bottom of the box. They'll eat the cereal if they get to get to the prize."
They considered this an un-conference. It wasn’t about teaching about actual subjects, but learning how to approach it.
Keynote speaker Lance Rougeux of the Discovery Education wanted teachers to get more out of this.
"STEM isn't a set of subjects,” said Rougeux. “It's not science, technology, engineering, and math and we teach them separately or we teach them together. STEM is about how we approach our instruction and the experiences we give our students."
The small group workshops were aimed to not only to open the teacher’s minds to the new ideas, but they also wanted them to open their mouths and give some of their own ideas.