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Virginia Cross Elementary teachers get SMARTer about technology

Posted Sunday, August 22, 2010

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Siler City, NC - A team of teachers from Virginia Cross Elementary School traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to become “SMARTer” users of their interactive white boards. Recipients of a grant from Chatham Education Foundation, the team spent a day on Tuesday, August 3, with teachers and technology instructional specialists who have been using the technology for nearly a decade.

“We really want to get away from using our interactive boards as just another projection screen. The conference focused on ways to get the students constructing knowledge together on the board. It’s not a teacher-centered technology," said grant co-writer Tori Mazur.

Sessions focused on ways to integrate the technology within content areas, such as literacy, math and science. The school PTA purchased SMART Boards for each classroom last year and the school’s technology committee will be presenting in-house staff development throughout the 2010-2011 school year. Virginia Cross Elementary sent a team that represented English as a Second Language (ESL), kindergarten, third and fifth grades.

The team learned tips and tricks from embedding sound and United Streaming videos within the SMART Notebook software to strategies for differentiating instruction. Presenters are open and willing to share their materials so that teachers do not have to "reinvent the wheel" for every lesson. All presentation materials are available to our colleagues at and teachers are encouraged to add their creations to the SMART Exchange at

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