Interactive Flat Panels for the School

Searra Frostman, Reporter

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Every year the South Shore Education Foundation provides the funding for amazing projects to enter the school and help students in learning through different ways. The latest thing that the foundation has provided for the school is brand new smart boards for every classroom. These smart boards were installed during the summer before the 2019-2020 school year and this is the first school year that the teachers and students have been able to use them. In total the foundation allowed for 16 new smart boards to be installed throughout the entire school. These smart boards are able to be used all through Pre-K to twelfth grade and provide many different uses for each subject and age. The administration and students have been exploring all of the unique ways in which the smart boards can help with student learning and the efficiency of teaching. 

These smart boards will be able to provide a way for visual, auditory, and tactile learners to experience new and fun ways to understand the material they are learning. Since the boards can be used in so many different ways, they are able to provide something to every student and teacher. Some of the ways that the boards have been being used are: to pull up online textbooks and explain a page to the class, using the built in browser to pull up graphs or pie charts, and to let the students use the board interactively. 

The new smart boards have many new features that the administration appreciates compared to the old boards. The new boards are able to be touched and drawn on by fingers and the markers that come with the board. They are able to pull up things on the internet without needing to be plugged into a computer. Students are more easily and quickly able to pull up presentations for class. These are some of the reasons that the new Interactive Flat Panels (IFP’s) are more convenient than the old smart boards.