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Some are trying to change the way students learn at Clinton High School, and it's grabbing some attention too.  

Tuesday, Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds came to see how the district is trying to prepare students for not just tomorrow's test - but their future job.

It's something students love, and district leaders say, it's the way of the future for education.

It's called the Innovation Room

"We live in a society where information is at your fingertips," says Superintendent Deb Olson. "It's what you do with that information that goes along with it."

Wes Golden, a science teacher and a major force behind bringing the Innovation Room adds, "You're seeing a non-traditional classroom. You don't have students sitting in rows anymore with a teacher up in front providing information. Instead, the students become the owners of the information. They do the investigation and they own the results of what they find." 

So, the big question is, what is it?

Imagine a large room, filled with computers and huge monitors that everyone can clearly see. 

Students are given a problem to solve, like in Biology 305: What plants grow the tallest?

The students have to use information available across all parts of the internet and databases, as well as each other to figure that out, and what variables influence that.

They are set free to find the answers, with teachers simply used as a guide. 

"On the monitors, we can see everybody else's work," says Sophomore Summer Bahr. "You can learn from everybody's else's work. Your aren't the only one studying. Everybody studies together."

"It's really what we see in the real world, collaboration," says Golden. "Solving problems, thinking critically, thinking deeply is what they are doing in the classroom."

Clinton has plans to put an innovation room at the junior high as well.

It should be ready by next Fall. 

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