Fun classroom tool for kids

July 9, 2009 11:41:06 AM PDT
It's called a "smart table", and it's designed for kindergartners and first graders. The students say they like using it. "The best thing about it is that it has fun activities that we can learn, "said Jacob Mohammad.

"We can learn about planets and plants and we can learn about animals," said Corrine Soo.

First graders at Brooklyn's P.S. 101 in Bensonhurst work in teams on the touch-sensitive surface to do interactive lessons, solve problems and play educational games. There are several applications for the classroom teacher to choose from.

"Everything you have used, you can create multiple choice questions on the smart table, where the children are just constantly being re-enforced on the things they have learned," said teacher Joyce Li.

This technology may seem familiar. It's used on TV, especially by news people, with very sophisticated applications. But the smart table proves that, as far as the technology is concerned, even a child can use it. P.S. 101 is designated as a "technology school", equipped with many of the latest teaching tools at all grade levels. The fact that the smart table was designed for the youngest of children is just fine with school principal, Greg Korrol.

"My philosophy is I want kids engaged. I want students to have ownership over what they're learning, and if they're open to it, they want 'in', this is the tool that gets them involved." said Mr. Korroll.

The company, known as Smart Technologies, says it is working on content for older students, as well.

Web produced by Maura Sweeney


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