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Interactive boards provide new teaching style

By Scott Harvey

Bonham – Area school districts continue to create a better learning environment for students, with the Bonham ISD becoming the latest district to install Promethean ActivBoards in several of its campus classrooms.

The boards were made possible with funds obtained through a competitive T3 grant in which Bonham partnered with Commerce ISD, Wolfe City ISD, and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The ActivBoards replace traditional chalkboards with a touch-sensitive surface, transforming a one-dimensional display of information into a multi-dimensional, manipulative learning tool.

These interactive whiteboards are tied to the teachers' computers, changing the whiteboard into a computer screen or virtual manipulative. With access to this technology, teachers have the ability to create and store lessons and collaborate with other teachers. Teachers also have access to lessons created by teachers around the world.

Research shows that classrooms where teachers effectively integrate technology such as interactive whiteboards into the existing curriculum post gains in student achievement.