Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade has them!
Alcona Community Schools is trying something new, working with new technology, and it’s pretty awesome to see the students learn.
“They pick up on it very, very quickly. They have more patience and are able to understand how things work from one piece of technology to another. They really are engaged and active in it and it really makes a difference. You see the engagement skyrocket so they’re actually participating and not just doing a worksheet with paper and pencil and working through problems which is really neat to see,” Principal, Tim Lee said.
This is the first year the elementary school has used the new program. With the new chrome book and smart book technology, teachers have noticed a major change. A pro to using the tools is less paper for class, but in some cases old school training never ends.
“Because some of that still has value. They still need to learn how to write their name, print properly, and color within the lines whatever color they want,” Kindergarten teacher, Lorie Mongeau said.
Some of the programs on the smart board and chrome books have unique features including games.
“You get to learn math, and you get to play games, and you get to follow along with math questions,” 2nd grade student, Jack Huebschman said.
“I like to use the touch screen because you get to use your fingers and we get to take turns, and when we use our chrome books it’s fun,” 2nd grade student, Adelle Boyat said.
Even activities used over 20 years ago are now updated to the new system.
“When it’s ‘show and tell’ if you have pictures then you can show them and you can see them up close,” 2nd grade student, Amelia Sommer said.
The goal is to have projective screens in every classroom next year.