Michigan Energy: Powering Our Classrooms

As we continue our Michigan Energy Made It series, we must highlight one of the most important things Michigan energy makes possible: education.

Michigan energy helps power education—both inside and outside of the classroom.  In addition to our fine schools, colleges, and universities, Michigan is proud to be home to some of the nation’s best extracurricular learning resources, such as science centers, museums, galleries, and planetariums like Michigan State University’s Abrams Planetarium below.  Without Michigan energy, we wouldn’t have nearly as many exciting ways to learn.

Michigan Energy Makes Learning Possible

Successful education requires good facilities with access to affordable, reliable power—one of AMP’s primary areas of concern.  Local energy—produced by Michiganders, for Michiganders—helps keeps our schools running day in and day out. 

Michigan energy is also powering the new educational landscape.  It keeps the lights on for adult education night classes and is transforming the way students learn in the classroom (more on that in a minute).  In rural areas like the Upper Peninsula, building out and powering better technological infrastructure is key to developing new opportunities in distance learning.

Powering Technology and Innovation in Education 

Today’s classrooms don’t look like the ones from years past.  Educators are integrating dynamic new technology, devices, and multimedia tools—all of which require the power of Michigan energy.  From interactive whiteboards (aka smart boards) to e-textbooks, classroom learning is relying on access to energy more and more these days.  According to research from Nielsen:

  • Digital classroom activities are accelerating. During the first quarter of 2013, 51% of tablet-using students at school used these devices to search the Internet; 46% to access email; 42% to read digital books; 40% to take notes; and 30% to complete assignments.
  • Parents are encouraging greater use of technology. 54% of tablet-owning parents say their kids use them for educational purposes. 
  • Demand for e-textbooks is on the rise. 71% of students who use tablets express interest in accessing textbooks via these devices.
  • Additionally, 90% of American public libraries have e-book collections that are accessible via tablets and smart phones, helping expand educational opportunities for students of all ages.

One thing is certain: the classroom of the present and future is one that is plugged in.  As more and more of these new tools are used to educate our children, access to reliable electricity will be crucial.

Have you noticed local schools making greater use of technology that relies on Michigan energy?   Tell us your stories about Michigan energy powering education.