Students at Washington Academy benefit from a multi-sensory approach to learning. That is why Washington Academy has state-of-the art smart boards in every classroom.
Utilizing the smart boards during lessons allows both the student and the teacher to interact in new ways that were unimaginable with a traditional chalk board or white boards.
The smart boards are connected wirelessly to the internet in our building, which enables them to pull down information from various educationally appropriate websites and downloads to enhance the learning experience. Students not only can receive information in a two-dimensional way as they did before, but with the smart board, it is possible to see videos, animation, and also interactive activities with the board itself.
The board has the capability of drawing in different colors to differentiate between each student’s work, or correct and incorrect answers. The boards can also navigate websites just by touching and clicking the light-pen.
The biggest advantage to having smart boards in the classroom are the add-ons that make the board even more interactive and also help assess learning.
Washington Academy now uses a student-response system which gives the students the ability to answer questions at their own pace. It also gives the teacher the data they need to know which students are understanding the material being presented and which students need more review.
The student-response system is a remote control that has four main buttons to push: A, B, C, and D.
The teacher can either use teacher-made quizzes or questions, or pre-made questions on all nine NJ State Core Content Standards.
When the question pops up on the board, the students use the remote control to answer it by pressing one of the four appropriate answers. The board collects the answers and saves them to a software program. After all the students have answered the question, the program gives the correct answer. Because each student is answering the question on their own and they receive feedback as a whole group, each student can individually assess their own learning and not be concerned about how other students are learning. This also minimizes the anxiety associated with competitive learning in the classroom.
The software stores the data from each question and produces a data report for the teacher to analyze later. The teacher can then pinpoint which students answered the question correctly, how much time it took them to answer the question and which students did not answer correctly.
The student-response system allows Washington Academy to differentiate instruction even further than before.