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‘Intelligent classrooms' taking hold in Norman schools

More than 40 percent of classrooms in Norman schools have Intelligent Classroom technology. All classes are expected to have the equipment by summer 2012
BY JAMES S. TYREE Published: November 18, 2010

More than 40 percent of classrooms in Norman schools have received Intelligent Classroom technology that was financed by a 2009 bond issue, and every class is expected to have the equipment by summer 2012.

Mike Mize of Architectural Design Group provided his monthly update of bond issue projects Monday during the Norman School Board meeting.

The Intelligent Classrooms technology project brings interactive smartboards to classrooms, onto which teachers can project video and Web-based information from a laptop computer or a remote pad that can be carried around the room.

Students can participate in the lesson by responding to questions on the board with their hand-held “clickers.” The equipment also includes a document camera, projector and computer software programs.

After Mize's report, three teachers demonstrated some of the Intelligent Classroom technology to board members.

“With this you can teach a little, assess how the students are doing, teach a little, assess, so you don't have to teach a large block before assessing how the students are learning,” Superintendent Joe Siano said.

Mize said 454 classrooms have or are in the process of getting Intelligent Classroom technology. He said 145 classrooms are scheduled to receive it in early 2011, followed by 305 classrooms next summer and 156 in summer 2012.

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