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Friday, September 10, 2010

Technology Applications

Our school has introduced new technology this year designed to enhance instruction. We have had four Smartboards installed in the building. These interactive white boards enables the teacher to project a large image of their computer screen on to a 4 foot by 6 foot screen, access web based programs, allow learners to directly engage and manipulate learning components - and more. The Smartboard detects touch and enables the learner to use their finger to perform many of the same functions as a computer mouse/cursor/keyboard – scroll, right-click. The Smartboards were purchased in an arrangement that takes advantage of an opportunity to maximize the financial aid we receive, thus reducing costs.

The reaction to the new device has been exciting. They have been placed in areas of the school intended to increase access by staff members. For instance, there is one located in the Library. that permits the equipment to be used by teachers who sign up for the 33 different time slots it's available. Similarly, there are other rooms that offer limited access as well. Several teachers have already received training in the use of the Smartboard and specific training will be provided for others during an upcoming staff development day so we can supply teachers with the resources to increase achievement levels among our learners.

We will have a teacher led demonstration of the many instructional features of the Smartboard at our next school board meeting on Thursday, October 7th at 7:00 pm.

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