TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES TO LEAD IN SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS' CLASSROOMS
TECHNOLOGY LEADS AT CHEROKEE ELEMENTARY
TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES TO LEAD IN SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS' CLASSROOMS With the last tally of over 4100 laptops, personal computers and mobile computer labs, technology is increasingly used in Sumter County Schools. SMARTBoards and Mimeo Boards are also increasing the capacity for larger class involvement in teacher-directed information sharing. Media Directors in Sumter County Schools maintain and document placement and usage of these inventoried classroom display boards. "Gone is the day of the chalkboard and time-consuming writing on these boards. Now, the teachers can load information program on any subject material for their academic sessions. They lead students in discussion and group responses to information," said Dr. Wanda Jackson, Principal of Cherokee Elementary School. With extensive grant application and funding, there are over 350 SMARTBoards and Mimeoboards in the classrooms and labs of Sumter County Schools.
Teachers of mathematics for centuries have helped students understand mathematics using "manipulatives"-- visual objects that help illustrate mathematical relationships and applications. Manipulatives allow students to visually examine, explore and develop concepts. The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) at Utah State University has transported these powerful teaching tools into the virtual dimension of the computer. The NLVM collection of over 100 interactive software programs, called "applets," are an effective means for accelerating and deepening students' understanding of math.
On a recent visit to Cherokee Elementary, Ms. Tammy Phagan's Kindergarten classroom was evidence of this increasing use of SMARTBoards at the earliest academic level. As students sit quietly, the teacher presents a lesson in geometry as she highlights the presence of triangular shapes in our environment. "These audible/visible programs for SMARTBoard and Mimeoboardsare very informative to these young students. The graphics of these displays get and keep their attention as they learn about triangles and other shapes in math," smiles Mrs. Phagan. Here, Mrs. Phagan leads students in discovery of geometric shapes in their environment. Students, from left, Colbey Shortte, Aaniyah Ingram, Angel Perez and Braylen Robinson