South Penn Students Have the Opportunity to Interact with the New Technology
On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, South Penn Elementary School hosted a SMART Table professional development training session for ACPS teachers. SMART Tables are the first multi-touch, multi-user interactive learning center that allows groups of early education students to work simultaneously on one surface.
The SMART Technologies presenter, Tara Mattingly, stated “The teachers are very eager to begin using the tables with their students after a full day of hands-on training.” At the end of the training session, ten kindergarten students had the opportunity to use the tables to allow teachers to see the ease with which students are able to interact with the content.
“Children entering pre-k and kindergarten classrooms are not intimidated by technology. The SMART Tables are interactive and age-appropriate for our early childhood classrooms,” said Dee Blank, Supervisor of Elementary Education for the school system.
Jason Huber, ACPS Technology Infusion Specialist, stated “With the addition of the SMART Table interactive learning centers, Allegany County Public Schools now have SMART interactive technologies available to pre-k through grade twelve students.” He went on to say, “It was incredible to see these digital natives use the tables so intuitively.”
Allegany County Public Schools currently have 25 SMART Tables being used in elementary schools to serve students in pre-k through grade 1. For more information on the SMART Technologies, visit www.smarttech.com.