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SMARTboards are work for Edmond teachers

BY JESSE OLIVAREZ Modified: January 14, 2010 at 8:24 am •  Published: January 14, 2010
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photo - Susan Sawyer teaches a class about how to use a SMARTboard in Edmond. PHOTOS BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN
Susan Sawyer teaches a class about how to use a SMARTboard in Edmond. PHOTOS BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN
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ey will fight to get a chance to touch your SMARTboard.”

Lindsay Museousky, an eighth-grade teacher at Cimarron Middle School, figures the interactive nature of the SMARTboard is what keeps students mesmerized.

"It’s a lot more interesting to kids than standing up there with an overhead projector,” she said. "It catches their attention. It’s a lot more colorful.”

Wissler, who was the 2009 Edmond teacher of the year, said she uses the SMARTboards to introduce new concepts to her students. She said she has come up with games and other activities that will make the learning fun. As with all classroom technology, she said the biggest challenge is finding the right balance between using the technology to make things easier and learning things the old-fashioned way.

"If I tried to teach them with a chalkboard and a piece of chalk it wouldn’t be as real to them,” she said.

"It wouldn’t be a part of their world. Why would we continue to do things as we did 30 years ago?”

Becky Teague, the district’s director of instructional technology, said each school is given money to provide 5 percent of classrooms with new gadgets like the SMARTboard.

She said long-term plans call for every one of the district’s classrooms to have a SMARTboard.