Ever heard of an "Active Table" try it out at the Ivy Tech Technology Showcase

Promethean boards, iPads, with all the new technology in classrooms these days, you might wonder if your kids are playing more games than learning.

You can find out first hand what these gadgets do at the Ivy Tech Technology Showcase Friday night from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m.

At the showcase, you will find something most people have probably never seen. It's called an "Active Table", which is kind of like an iPad on a tabletop.

It's full of about 70 educational activities for kids ages 4 to 11, and all the activities are aligned to core or national standards.

EVSC and Mt. Vernon both have several of them at their schools. Mt. Vernon lent the one that will be on display Friday night.

Amy Walker of the non-profit "Public Education Foundation" says coming to this event will help parents know what questions to ask their kids when they come home from school.

While they may have heard of Promethean boards and iPads, they may have misconceptions about how they are used in the classroom.

"Technology being a distraction rather than assisting learning and enriching it. But I think a lot of that misconception comes from our fear and the unknown of it. That we as adults don't know it and understand it," says Walker.

The showcase runs from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m.

There will also be a panel discussion on how social media is used in the classroom, or you can follow along on twitter with #PEFtech.

The event is free and open to the public.