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Smartboards Are Coming to Cleveland

Anika Shah, Staff Writer

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Cleveland High School’s teachers are set to receive Smartboards, digital whiteboards that will allow teachers to have interactive lessons with students through electronic devices.

According to Wayne Basinger,  a teacher in the CORE Magnet Program, the Smartboards will “make instruction more interactive,” and allow the teacher to, “use phones to their advantage in class.”

For example, students can log in with a code on their electronic device and interact with the content in a lesson on their screen. Teachers can also make games or power points, use games made by the company, or record lessons and post them online using the boards.

In addition, teachers were required to attend generic training with Promethean if they wanted a board; the training sessions informed teachers on how the board works and the mechanics behind students accessing a lesson on their phones from the boards.

He stated that the goal was for teachers to have them from “Day One” of school and have them available to the teachers who desired it. This would have allowed teachers to play with the boards. However, since they weren’t here at the beginning of school, it will be hard for the teachers to learn how to use the new technology when it comes.

According to William Smith, Title I and Technology Coordinator at Cleveland, the order needs to get approved by the Board of Education, first, which is predicted to happen by October. Then, “they will go to teachers who received training.”

There was money set aside by LAUSD that had to be used on the boards, so the school did not lose money when they purchased them.

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Smartboards Are Coming to Cleveland