There is one thing that distinguishes La Cañada High School math teacher Mike Upton from his like-minded colleagues — chalk dust. Or rather, the absence of it. His hands, shirt and pant legs are clean of the white powdery film that for decades was the tell-tale sign of a school teacher.
That is because Upton has spent the last 18 months delivering lessons using the “mimio,” an interactive, digital white board that, along with other key pieces of educational technology, is transforming classroom instruction in the La Cañada Unified School District.
Previously, Utpon said, he spent precious minutes writing out and erasing algebra equations and geometry proofs. Now, he has practice problems already designed and stored, digital slide by digital slide, that he can pull up with a quick tap of a electronic wand.