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Learning with smartboards

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

SHERIDAN, Ohio -- Using computers and smartboards isn't just for school kids anymore.

The Lawrence County Early Childhood Academy has been using smartboards with programs for preschool students for about two years, as well as computers, according to Head Start Director Sharon Daniels.

"Our curriculum is based around smartboards," Daniels said. "Our teachers have iPad minis. They have the ability to e-mail art work or school work to the parents. We're having a lot of positive feedback. Our preschool students have access to two computers where they can learn colors or letters, for example. It's part of their daily instruction."

"The kids can interact with it," said Shelly Crisp, an instructor at the Early Childhood Center. The smartboard "is like a big computer to them."

Kathy Triplet, a Head Start teacher, said she used the smartboard to count and do concentration games. "They love the smartboard," she said. "It's exposing them to technology. They love to write on it and draw on it."

The computerized smartboard replaced the chalk board in her classroom for 3- and 4-year-olds, Triplett said.

"We can use it to check on the weather and see videos on YouTube," she said. "It teaches them how to do so many things. It's a wonderful tool. When they get to kindergarten, they'll know how to use a smartboard" available at a number of local public schools.

Another thing about using the computers is that the preschoolers learn how to take turns, Triplett said.

Computers are available at all 11 Head Start sites, including the four daycare sites, Daniels said.

"We're happy for them to have an opportunity to use computers" at such a young age, Daniels said.

The daycare sites also have cooks on site to provide meals, something many other daycare sites don't have, she said.

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