Getting Used to New Technology

by Emily Baird on September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am

When the high school students sit in their seats Tuesday morning, they will notice something different about the classrooms.

Instead of having a green chalk board in front of them, they will be faced with top-of-the-line technology. Each classroom will be equipped with surround sound, a CD/DVD/VCR player, and a Smartboard.

"It allows students to actually interact with the teacher, with the board, and it gets them up out of their seats. That’s very helpful," says teacher Tom Downard.

The school district brought in an expert to teach the staff how to use the Smartboards and design lesson plans on them. It was a change that Downard says took some time getting used to, especially after doing your lesson plans a certain way for more than 20 years.

"This has actually opened up a whole new world to me. To be honest with you, I think I could work with it for the next five years, and it still would not have explored all the things it’s capable of, " says Downard.

Downard says one aspect he likes about the Smartboards is it makes teachers more accessible to students in the classroom and at home.