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9/1/09

Smart Board technology introduced into Lubbock classrooms

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Chalk and white board markers are becoming a sign of the times. Nearly 250 LISD classrooms have new interactive equipment, and this new technology is making students of all ages - Smart.

It's far from the old, school house blackboard. This board is a little bit smarter, however, pencil and paper are not obsolete in Larae Boucher's Iron Middle School math class.

"They get to come up and touch. It's easier for them to do that instead of sitting and listening to me," says Boucher.

They are called Smart Boards. These smart boards have a price tag ranging from $1,400 to $4,500, and Boucher says some of the features are priceless for her 8th graders. "I can record myself talking and writing and post on my website and students who are absent can access the lesson," says Boucher.

The boards are in 250 LISD classrooms and District Instructional Technology Director, Bill Landis, says Smart Technology caters to every type of learning style.

"It's not just one size fits all - it's what is unique for every student and comes back to every student every day," says Landis.

Teachers say this technology saves them time. Anything you can do with a mouse at a computer you can do with your fingertip on the board. You can pull up websites and watch videos or even open blank notebook pages and bring in images that correspond to lesson plans.

These are plans Boucher's students say are fun. Brice Purkeypile, a student in Boucher's class says "a chalk board and white board make it seem really boring."

Landis and his LISD Technology team have partnered with Lubbock Christian University and Texas Tech to help teach future teachers about this technology.

Dr. Walter Smith, TTU Chair Department Curriculum Instruction says,"The better we can prepare our teachers to work in that setting the better LISD will be and the better children of Lubbock will be."

Bill Landis thinks "It's a model of how a University and independent school district can work hand in hand and everyone benefits.."

This partnership, all involved say benefits the entire community.

Some of the education classes at Tech and LCU have already incorporated Smart Board Technology. Another round of teacher training starts Friday.

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