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What are Promethean Whiteboards?
How are they Improving Education in Holyoke?

By Laura Loutensock, Elementary Technology Teacher


   

         You have probably heard that Holyoke in one of the first school districts in Northeastern Colorado to acquire and implement whiteboard technology in nearly every classroom.  You might be asking yourself, what is a whiteboard, and how are they improving education in Holyoke?
 
          An interactive whiteboard is a large interactive display board that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface where users control the computer using a stylus like pen. Whiteboards show students anything which can be presented on a computer's desktop: interactive lessons, educational software, web sites, and videos. In addition, interactive whiteboards allow teachers to record their instruction and post the material for review by students at a later time.


          Whiteboard technology engages students in a refreshingly different, multimedia rich environment that energizes lessons and results in higher levels of student participation, and therefore increased learning. Technology engages and motivates students by appealing to a variety of learning styles with authentic, visual, and kinesthetic (hands-on) activities. Multimedia technology enhances a learner’s comprehension of essential core knowledge and increases their opportunities to develop and apply skills to complex problems, foster inquiry and investigation, and collaborate with others from around the world. Whiteboard Technology engages every student in the classroom and keeps them focused on the lesson to be learned.

          Thanks to funding from the Morgridge Family Foundation Grant, generous donations from the Re-1J Foundation, PIE (Partners in Education), and the funding from the mill-levy override, Holyoke Schools are utilizing top notch technology tools to provide students a high quality educational experience. Donations for future education projects can be made to both the Re-1J Foundation and PIE (Partners in Education).
 
 

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