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'Smart boards' come to Cleghorn

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MMC students are enthusiastic about the new "Smart Board" they can use to make learning a lot of fun. Bunched together, left to right, are Tanner Coombs, Jesse Rose, Brandon Tutt and Ben Barritt. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
Promethean is the proper name for what many refer to as "smart boards".

The technology is used with one's computer loaded with software which allows one to send information to a white board which prints or shows what the sender wants the observer to see.

The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School district has five such boards right now with three of them situated in the Cleghorn building. The students in the building are thrilled and excited to see the smart board in action. To say it holds their attention is putting it mildly.

The boards were purchased with funds derived from a lawsuit settlement from Microsoft. The class action lawsuit settlement was based on a set of criteria for school districts determining the amount they would receive. For MMC, that amounted to $14,000 with half to be spent on hardware and half on software.

Strings were attached to the money. Staff has to send regular reports in letting them know how the money was spent and how they are regularly used. For MMC, they wanted the focus in to be in the area of math achievement. The staff has a manual which describes how each software piece contains and the knowledge learn from it's use. Staff can take parts of various software presentations, cut and add another to whatever they want the students to learn. They based their decision on what students need to learn.

Staff has taken training to use this new technology. It is similar to using a power point presentation. It holds student interests. The board itself runs from 78 to 87 inches wide.

What makes this even better, parents may latch onto the information on their home computers, which will benefit their children. It's use will constantly grow.

As Elementary Principal Kathy Tritz-Rhodes said, "I can't think of much you can't do with it. It is a wonderful addition to out district and brings enthusiasm to our district."

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