Livingston Mayor Al Anthony cuts the ribbon at Aquinas Academy’s new Innovation Center. From left to right: Maureen Wehrfritz, Alex Kranz, Kim Goldberg, John Cohrs, Al Anthony, Katie Dusko, Robert McClammyAquinas Academy in Livingston has developed a new resource for 21st century learning. Known to students as the Innovation Center, this modern-day classroom is well equipped with brand new technology and media resources for all ages. The center includes an array of learning tools, including a video green screen, podcast recording equipment, a 10’ X 10’ think tank for collaborative learning and a 70” ActivPanel Promethean Board. Students will make use of laptops, tablets, robotic and coding equipment, recording and editing activities and much, much more. It is a glimpse of tomorrow’s classroom.
Students will visit the Innovation Center twice a week to engage in various collaborative tasks. The layoutof the room was designed with multiple options from which students may choose. It is a space for the most introverted or extroverted of children. John Cohrs, Principal of Aquinas Academy commented “The idea behind this space was to provide students with an abundance of choice. Giving the children input into their learning strengthens core values and systems thinking in addition to curriculum content. It is the future of student engagement in the classroom.”