School District Goes Interactive in the Classroom
A K-12 school district in southeast Kentucky had out-of-date audio-visual equipment in its classrooms. It was falling behind compared to its peer districts throughout the state, most of which had made progress in adopting an interactive classroom environment for students. With educational studies showing the positive impact of an interactive learning experience for student engagement and performance, the district was determined to make it happen for their students. When Kentucky coal severance funding surfaced for the county, they decided to use the money to bring the interactive classroom experience to its students.
The school district already had an existing successful partnership with MCPc. In the past MCPc had supplied its schools with Lenovo laptops and tablets and a mobile device management solution to support Android tablets.
MCPc met with the district technology department leaders to discuss their goals and layout a vision for their interactive classroom. Together they eventually landed on a technology package that included:
Ceiling-mounted Samsung F10 LED projector
Lumens DC120 document camera
77-inch SMART Board (interactive whiteboard)
SMART Audio Enhancement System (including microphone, ceiling speakers, censors and receiver)
MCPc procured the equipment and orchestrated installations in 44 classrooms throughout 5 schools, ensuring that all of the pieces were integrated together and all necessary cabling was installed. Once deployment was complete, MCPc consultants provided training to educators on equipment functionality and how best to use it in a classroom environment.
The interactive classroom technology set has empowered teachers to plan engaging multimedia lesson plans, significantly enhancing the learning experience for students. The LED projector gives teachers the ability to easily display content directly from a laptop, or any physical object using the Lumens document camera. Meanwhile the SMART Audio Enhancement System ensures that every student is able to hear the teacher, no matter how large the room.
The SMART board has stood out as a key piece of the interactive classroom for the schools. Using the 77-inch expanse of the whiteboard, teachers and students can interact with and manipulate projected digital images in addition to writing on the easy-erase surface.
Taken together, these tools have realized for the Kentucky school district the interactive classroom -- an engaging, intuitive, multimedia learning experience that bridges the technology gap between their personal and academic lives.
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