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      Teachers become students for a day

      Teachers from the Aspen Ridge School became students for the day as they learned fun ways to integrate technology in their lessons.

      It's hosted through NMU's digital design lab at the Seaborg Center and the department of education.

      Eighteen teachers split into two teams the Red's and the Blue's each with a box of assorted Legos and instructions.

      "There's no blueprint or anything like that. It's kind of an exploration type of thing where you have to just pick things up one at a time. Looking and learn this does this, this will do that. Then, it's integrating them together," said Jim Maki, teacher.

      Their goal create a Rube Goldberg Machine using three laptops and three simple machines which will ultimately play a movie on an IPad.

      So, everyone's assigned one out of four jobs.

      "Another group will be working on creating a program on the computer that will be activated by a mechanism another group of their team is going to construct," said Gaby Eyzaguirre, Tech Support.

      It's an exercise that shows the teachers how they can incorporate technology in their lessons.

      The idea is to make learning more fun for students by making it hands-on.

      "They have jumped right on top of the lessons. I think they are really re-thinking how they go about group projects, ways they can allow the students to get their hands dirty and actual do things," said Bryan DeAugustine, Superintendent of Nice Community Schools.

      Combining their three mechanisms with the computers didn't come without issues.

      "You still have the motion sensors that aren't working. You got to just, very little intricate things that you got to use the scientific method and figure out why they are not working, and get it done," said Kurt Corocoran, teacher.

      They all agree it's a great way to bring fun in the classroom.