FACTORYVILLE — The Lackawanna Trail School District now has three new Smart Boards, one at the high school and two at the elementary center, thanks to the Trail Rotary Club.
Smart Boards are interactive digital whiteboards that work like large computers or tablets with touch screens. Teachers can use them to teach any subject. The second grade students in Karen Shaw’s class had plenty of good things to say about their new board when the Rotary club came for a visit on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
“I love hearing the big book on the Smart Board,” said one girl.
“I like when we do Class Dojo (a classroom management program) on the Smart Board,” added another.
And another student said she simply enjoys “learning” on the Smart Board.
But the kids aren’t the only ones who learn from the piece of equipment. Shaw said she had a lot of learning to do as well when it arrived, but it was worth every minute she had to spend training on the Smart Board for the ways it enhances the classroom.
According to Rotary club member Lisa Logan Clough, the three boards cost a total of about $5,500, including shipping fees. The money was provided through the club’s various fundraisers, such as its annual breakfast at Gin’s, a flat screen TV raffle, bowling events and a matching grant.
Principal Brian Kelly said the club’s donation means all of the second grade classes now have Smart Boards and there are less than 10 classrooms left in the whole school that do not yet have them. The school’s goal is to eventually have one in each classroom.