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DENVER -- Welcome to the classroom of the future.  It kind of looks the same.  Sounds the same, too.  But don’t judge a book by it’s cover. They call it NGL, next generation learning.

“Next generation learning is shifting teacher and student roles, that gets students in the driver seat,” said Paul Beck, Colorado Education Initiative Next Generation Learning manager.

NGL allows students to set goals, provides more hands-on learning and more “real world” training.

Students at Skyline High School are taking to it.

“It’s kind of cool ‘cause you kind of get to do, like, more experiments. There’s a lot of math.  I’m really into math and science,” freshman Conner Hougen.

“I really like this because it lets math and sciences be more creative.  You really get to apply it to real stuff rather than just looking in a book,” freshman Lexi Ekern said.

Next Generation Learning departs from traditional learning mostly because of the amount of hands-on activities students are involved in.

NGL is popular with students and teachers.

“I’m just really excited to see teachers really caring and empowering students to have deep experiences with learning instead of just sitting in a classroom,” Summit County stem coordinator Peder Hanson said.

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