BOISE -- For the past year we've talked a lot about technology in the classroom. Usually, we think of laptops and iPads, but what about seismometers?
Thanks to Boise State University, South Junior High School has its own seismometer so students can track earthquakes around the world.
"Having their own seismograph right here in the classroom, I mean that is hands on right to them," said Chris Taylor, an earth science teacher at South Jr. High.
Mr. Taylor's 8th grade students learned about earthquakes earlier in the school year but now what they learned is coming to life.
"If you can actually see it, it makes the experience that much better," said Paden Williams, one of Mr. Taylor's students.
Mr. Taylor says the technology is helping to keep the students engaged and curious about learning. "They look, they find it, they extract the information and then we find exactly where the earthquake is at," said Taylor.
The seismometer can pick up earthquakes from around the world as long as they are 6.0 magnitude or higher. It is hard for the seismometers to pick up the seismic waves of smaller quakes.
The service learning center at Boise State University and some science students put the seismometers in local classrooms.