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Wow! The New Technology Center for Glen Rose ISD is Terrific!

22 April 2009 at 9:26:45 PM

We visited the technology center some months back when the building was still mostly steel and empty spaces... and a vision. Today the technology department had an open house in the afternoon. I'm telling you it was impressive!

First up, the technology center is near campus, in the old 99 cent store. But you would not know it used to be a store, it is a bright modern spacious and well-arranged building. When you walk in, there's a receptionist area-I particularly liked the windows that curved around so that it afforded the receptionist to be able to see who's coming and going (and, heh, challenge them if necessary!)

Patti Flannary with one of the miraculous Promethean boards. The board is like a white board on steroids.  I watched Elaine Cates do a presentation on the board, and it was utterly whiz bang. Not only is the board entirely hands on and interactive wih the teachers and children, and the teachers have the ability to customize flip book plans with their own material, but the system includes such nifty tools as hand held voting controls for the kids, for answering questions. Cates told me that she has the ability to know, by percentages, pie charts, etc what percentage of the class understands the lessons OR can look immediately to see the exact people who need more attention. The kids are able to use either a wand or a stylus with an embedded magnet to interact with the board, such as move an answer into a fill in the blank questionnaire. Obviously, Cates was a master at using the board and had spent productive time creating lessons that were both interesting and instructive.

Some of the technology tools made me feel like a Luddite. Like, for example, overhead projectors with those plastic sheets are SO passe-now they have electronic projectors that use a camera to project onto the Prometheus board.

and here's the teacher training room (and Flannary's office)

Patti with a fave pic.

Big Training Room

Doug's office cracked me up

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