Ben Lomond High School has started to implement modern technology in classrooms through the aid of a $1 million grant received earlier this year.
The school installed Interwrite electronic white boards in six labs and some classrooms, as well as document cameras to stream video or documents to the boards, and some handheld Mobis to allow teachers from anywhere in a classroom to change images and information on a board.
"One of the best ways for a student to learn is through real life application," said Ben Lomond Principal Ben Smith, in a written news release.
The goal is to provide students with technology to prepare for college. Teachers also will be using student responders. The hand-held devices allow teachers to send questions from a controller to responders held by students, who push a button to answer questions.
It’s a quick way for teachers to measure their students’ comprehension in the classroom, Smith said.
The high school also is developing new curriculum. Smaller Learning Communities at the school, that expose students to specific career areas, will teach filmmaking. "This will reinforce the initial material they are learning and make subjects more exciting," Smith said. One-third of teachers also will be trained in filmmaking teaching techniques.
The school also will offer a broadcasting class to teach communication and presentation skills.
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