SMART Inclusion Program from Upper Canada DSB in partnership with Advanced in the media

The new meaning of sharing

Glen Tay School uses technology to share book written by students

(article featured in the front page of the Perth Courier from January 6th, by Kassina Ryder)

Some of Perth’s youngest authors got a chance to share their work from the comfort of their own classroom last month.

The Grade 3 class from Glen Tay Public School authored their own book, complete with sound effects, and shared it with other schools using the class’ SMART Board videoconferencing tool, said teacher Heather Snider.

“It was a lot of work,”. she said. “But once the students started adding those details (like sound effects), that’s when the interest climbed.”

The students put their own twist on a book called Bertie Bear’s Christmas. Re-titled Bertie Bear Wakes Up, the students wrote their own ending to the story, and then added sound effects. The effects can be heard when students press buttons on the interactive SMART Board.

The project is part of the Upper Canada District School Board’s SMART Inclusion program, which combines software for special needs students with SMART Board technology. “It’s using technology to create an inclusive environment,” said principal Eric Hardie.

Once the book was finished, students shared it with Oxford on Rideau School in Oxford Mills and R. Tait McKenzie Public School in Almonte via videoconference.

Using a microphone, students read their story aloud to the other schools and pushed buttons on the screen to provide the sound effects, while the other schools were able to watch and listen in their own classrooms. “It’s kind of re-interpretation of what the technology was originally intended for,” Hardie said.

The students loved writing the story and recording their own sound effects, and every student was given a job to do, Snider said.

Students who were better at doing audio recording became “sound experts,” while other students helped rewrite the story, she said. “It allowed each person to show their strenghts,” said Snider. “They were thrilled.”

To find out how Advanced Education can help you engage your students with SMART Boards and other classroom technology, please email or call 1-800-436-6239.

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