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February 2012


Making Global Connections

without Leaving the Classroom


Words educators

are constantly

thinking about.

By Danesa Jepson

Changing the

landscape of


Title I

Connecting Title I

schools to a future

of opportunity!


Title I

If you teach in a district where a large number of students

participate in free or reduced-cost lunch programs, chances

are you face different challenges when it comes to reaching

your students in ways that will increase their success.

In the United States today, high-poverty, low-performing schools

and districts number in the thousands – and in some areas,

those numbers increase each year. Thankfully, also increasing

is the number of schools and districts defying long-held

expectations about student achievement, demonstrating that

disadvantaged students can achieve at the highest levels.

As an educator – whether you’re a teacher, librarian, school

administrator or technology coordinator – you have the

power to inspire economically disadvantaged students and

enable them to meet or exceed high academic standards.

This issue, we focus on Title I. In the feature article on page

14, read about the experiences of three innovative educators

in Title I schools who have bridged their classrooms to the

rest of the world by using SMART education solutions. On

page 21, find out how to become a SMART Exemplary

Educator and how you can win a SMART Board ® 885ix

interactive whiteboard for your school. And in the SMART

Showcase School profile on page 22, learn how a rural

elementary school in a high-poverty area has been able to

provide its students with a global education right within its

Tennessee-based classrooms.

I hope this Title I issue helps you gather ideas, tools and

resources to help you make a difference – to help your

students achieve and your school succeed.


Shari-Lynn Sare, Managing Editor

Chrissie Chambers, Editor


Kim Hamill

Shari-Lynn Sare

Danesa Jepson


Vanessa Liang, Designer

Photography on page 26 by Jon Pernul

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04 Notes From

the Field

With Danesa Jepson

Accountability. Scores.

Words Educators Are

Constantly Thinking About.

06 Classroom


New Products


08 Classroom


On the SMART

Exchange Website

12 Classroom


Sneak Peek – SMART

Notebook 11 Software

Shape Image Fill and

Customizable Creative Pen


What’s Happening This Month

Find out about SMART’s latest

opportunities and happenings

14 feature Article

Changing the

Landscape of Education

24 Product spotlight

An Added Dimension

to Learning

22 SMART Showcase

School Profile

Making Global Connections

without Leaving the


26 Ask AMY

3D Tools for SMART

Notebook Software

February 2012 | 3




Danesa Jepson

Seventh-Grade Language

Arts Teacher and SMART

Exemplary Educator

Oakdale, California


not only

learn more




but they

want to

learn more.

Words Educators Are

Constantly Thinking About.

I teach at a traditional junior high school in California. We have

850 students, many of whom would qualify as “target” students.

Educators focus on these students, striving for continual progress and

improved test scores. But my focus is my Title I students.

For me, these students are more than just a score. They’re students in

desperate need of connection, of learning in ways they enjoy. SMART

products do just that – they give teachers a way to deliver lessons that are

motivating and engaging, while increasing those all-important grades.

Having a SMART Board interactive whiteboard in my classroom didn’t

automatically make learning more appealing for my students. That

moment didn’t come until I created a lesson for a unit on affixes. It

was an erase-to-reveal activity to help my Title I students easily focus

on the concept. And yes, they better understood the concept, but

more importantly, they wanted to keep learning. Students volunteered

to go up to the interactive whiteboard. I had more hands in the air to

answer questions. Students were excited to have immediate feedback

while they were learning. They begged for more lessons that used

the SMART Board interactive whiteboard so they could interact and

play with it. This particular lesson and every one since has given my

students the chance to enjoy learning, interact with subject matter and

feel positive about their learning.

When students are engaged, having fun and focused on learning, the end

results are better grades and test scores, which makes everyone smile.

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programs and schools.

February 2012 | 5

Classroom Solutions

SMART’s product


and product

managers have

been working

countless hours

on some new

and exciting


and software

products for your

classroom. Here’s

a glimpse.


800 series



and four-touch


Introduced in last month’s



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product spotlight, four-touch interactivity is now offered on all shipping

SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboards and SMART Board

8070i interactive displays. The 800 series currently enables two people to

write, draw and interact with content and supports common multitouch

gestures for Microsoft ® Windows ® 7 and Mac Snow Leopard operating

systems. Four-touch functionality will increase opportunities for

collaboration by giving your students more hands-on time. If you already

have an 800 series interactive whiteboard, a no-charge upgrade will

enable simultaneous freestyle interaction and object awareness for up

to four users. The new functionality also enables two students to engage

in multitouch gestures at the same time. Visit the SMART Exchange

website to find SMART Notebook lessons compatible with four-touch


3D Tools for SMART Notebook


A new plug-in for SMART Notebook software, 3D Tools enables

you to import, view and manipulate 3D content in SMART

Notebook, without the need for additional hardware. You

can manipulate 3D models and objects and label them from a

variety of angles and perspectives, enabling increased student

understanding of physical objects across a range of subjects. Read this month’s product

spotlight to learn how 3D Tools for SMART Notebook software can immerse your

students in a pedagogical world of exploration.

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Classroom Solutions

SMART Notebook 11


The release of the most exciting

version of our award-winning

SMART Notebook software is

just around the corner – and

wow, is it big! This month and

next, in our sneak peek section,

we’re revealing one new feature

of SMART Notebook 11. And

then in April, we’ll give you

an in-depth look at SMART

Notebook 11 software in the

product spotlight. For now, we

can tell you that with SMART

Notebook 11, you will be able

to integrate online resources

into SMART Notebook files by

embedding a web browser. You’ll

also have access to dictionary

and translator widgets that

enable you to handwrite a

query, receive the answer and

then move that answer to your

SMART Notebook software

page. And an avatar widget will

let you bring dynamic, talking

avatars into SMART Notebook 11

and save them to the Gallery.

LightRaise 40wi

interactive projector

The LightRaise interactive projector is a penenabled

ultra-short-throw projector that can turn

almost any surface into an interactive learning

space. It can produce screen sizes up to 100"

(254 cm) in a widescreen format, making it a

flexible solution for any classroom. The interactive

projector comes with SMART Notebook

collaborative learning software, a rechargeable

interactive pen, a convenient pen holder, USB and

VGA cables and an easy-to-install wall mount.

You and your students can use the interactive pen

to write over applications and digital content,

making lessons more engaging.

The projector offers an affordable option for

making your classroom interactive. And, it

integrates seamlessly with other SMART products,

including the SMART Response interactive

response system, the SMART Document Camera

and the SMART Slate wireless slate. The

LightRaise projector is also protected by the

SMART Projector Care program, which includes a

three-year warranty and fast and reliable support.

February 2012 | 7


on the


SMART Notebook lessons

With more than 15,000 ready-made or customizable SMART Notebook lessons on the SMART Exchange website,

you can be sure your curriculum stays fresh and exciting. You’ll find a growing database of lesson content for all

grades and subjects – many of which are standards correlated – created by classroom teachers or by SMART’s team of

curriculum resource developers.

You can also search for Common Core State Standards-correlated lessons for English language arts and math by

clicking the Standards-Correlated Lessons button in the top navigation bar.

Here are three lessons you can try with your students.

Hatchet – A Companion to Gary

Paulsen’s Book

Students in grades 4–8 who are

reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

can dive further into the story with

thinking maps and information

about some of the animals

introduced throughout the book.

Cornstarch Quicksand


Fifth-grade science students can

learn about solids, liquids and

gases. At the end of the lesson,

students can do an experiment

using cornstarch and water to

mimic the properties of quicksand.

Color Theory

Art and design students in

grades 6–8 can explore colors,

the theory behind them and

ways that colors are significant

in our everyday lives.

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SMART Response question sets

SMART Exchange also offers a growing number of SMART Response question sets, most of which are

correlated to state and provincial curriculum standards. The website contains hundreds of activities for all

subjects and grade levels.

Try one of the following SMART Response question sets in your next class.

Changing Matter

Third-grade students can

review the properties of matter

and determine the various

factors that cause it to change

or evolve.

Math Vocabulary

Fifth- and sixth-grade students can

test their knowledge of commonly

used math terms, such as sum,

product, quotient and difference.

Is It Objective or Subjective?

Eighth-grade students can read

short passages and then test

their ability to determine if

what they read is objective or

subjective. Students will also

have the opportunity to defend

their answers on paper.

February 2012 | 9


SMART Table ® activities

Developed specifically for early education classrooms, check out the growing number of activity packs for

the SMART Table interactive learning center on the SMART Exchange website. You can search by

topic, subject or grade level to access hundreds of activities for your SMART Table. You can use SMART Table

activities with small groups to complement whole-class and individual learning experiences. Most activities

correspond to a SMART Notebook lesson and SMART Response question set.

Following are a few SMART Table activities you can try in your next class.


With this sorting activity by

Pronk, students can learn

about different holidays and

what each entails.


Students will find a variety

of activities to practice their

multiplication skills as they explore

pictorial representations of

multiplication and the relationship

between multiplication and

repeated addition.


Students can practice short and

long vowel sounds with two

different activities.

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Adding video can be an effective way of enhancing lessons and giving students a better understanding of

subject matter. Among the wealth of resources available on the SMART Exchange website, you’ll find a variety

of short video segments (2–3 minutes) on topics ranging from learning about World War II and ancient Greek

myths to exploring landscapes and cities to learning about Mahatma Gandhi. Well-known publishers, including

Discovery Education and Statusfirm, created the videos for students in middle to high school grades.

Check out some of the newest videos from Discovery Education on SMART Exchange.

Introduction to Quadratics

Math students are led

through an exploration of

natural phenomena that can

be explained with quadratic

equations and functions.

Roman Monumentalism and

the Course of the Empire

Students can see how the Romans

used their ability to build massive

structures to shock and intimidate

their opponents. Roman builders

were able to adapt to any

circumstance and use whatever

materials were at hand.

The Sun, Solar System,

Planetary Orbits and Gravity

Science students can learn about

gravity and how it keeps things

in orbit from slamming into

each other.

February 2012 | 11

classroom content

Last month, we introduced you to Audio Recording, a new

feature of SMART Notebook 11 software, which will be available

this spring. This month, we’d like to tell you about two other new

features that can be used on their own or together to create fun

activities for your students.

Shape Image Fill

You’ll soon have more options to dress up your

lessons with shape image fill, a new feature that

enables you to quickly and easily fit an image into

any shape without having to resize the image. For

example, you can use a photo of your students,

from a vacation, of your pets – anything at all –

and frame it in the shape.

If you want to be really creative, take it a step

further and make that framed image the stamp

for your customizable creative pen.

Customizable Creative Pen

Once you have your image the way you want it, transfer

it to your customizable creative pen, which is similar

to the Magic Pen but customized with the ink of your

choice. The stamps that appear using your customizable

creative pen could be the image you created with the

shape image fill tool or an object or drawing from a

SMART Notebook software page. Essentially, it can be

anything you want it to be.

If you like, you can turn this into a fun reward system

for your students. Pick one student each week to

choose the shape image fill for that day or week’s

customizable creative pen stamp.

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Classroom content

SMART Notebook 11 Software

How can I create this in SMART Notebook 11?

It’s easy! Once you download the new software, follow these steps:

1 2 3 4

Shape Image Fill

Select a shape from

the top toolbar and

drag it onto your


Click the Properties

tab on the side

of your SMART

Notebook software

page and select Fill


Browse your

computer and select

an image to fill the


Keep the image the

same size or scale

the image to fit into

your shape.

Customizable Creative Pen

Once you have your shape image fill created, select the Creative Pen from the top toolbar

Click the Properties tab on the side of your SMART Notebook software page and select Use a

custom stamp image. The shape image fill that you just created will now appear as a stamp in your

customizable creative pen.

To create something entirely new for your customizable creative pen stamp

Create your image or drawing on a SMART Notebook software page using any pen or color

Click the Properties tab and select Use a custom stamp image. Click Select object and your

curser will change to an eye dropper. Drag the eye dropper to your image or drawing and click

directly into it. It will now appear as a stamp in your customizable creative pen.

Save any stamp that you create to the toolbar by clicking Save Tool Properties found at the bottom

of the Properties tab. The image will automatically appear in your toolbar.

February 2012 | 13

feature article

“Technology, with the guidance of teachers and

librarians, can be a significant tool in expanding

the world of any child who is isolated by poverty.”

– Dr. Richard Long, Executive Director for Government Relations, National Title I Association

Changing the Landscape

of Education

14 | February 2012

feature article

By Kim Hamill

Enriched education

It’s becoming more challenging

than ever to ensure every child

experiences success in learning.

Shrinking budgets, large class

sizes and language barriers mean

that teachers and education

leaders must reach across these

gaps to ensure students’ needs

are met.

Add the impact of poverty to

that equation, and it becomes

apparent that educators in Title

I schools have even greater

obstacles to achieving their goals.

But teachers like Joy Weiss say

that while it’s easy to focus on

the difficulties, it’s the progress

that matters.

“While the challenges can

become overwhelming, I think the

important things to remember are

the successes that are happening

every day. Yes, I work hard

and my students work harder

than most in order to become

comparable to their peers. What

they can do each year shows their

own dedication to learning and

being successful,” she says.

“These children work very hard

each year and deserve the best,

regardless of their income. They

are just as capable and just as

smart,” says Weiss, a SMART

Exemplary Educator who

teaches third and fourth grade

at Balsz Elementary in Phoenix,


February 2012 | 15

feature article

Balsz is a Title I school where

more than 90 percent of the

students participate in free or

reduced-priced meal programs.

The school serves a large

population of families with low

socioeconomic status, including

a refugee population. Weiss says

that because of communication

challenges in her classroom, she

often has to teach language

basics before she can introduce

grade-level content.

In 2010, she was recognized as

the Arizona Teacher of the Year,

an experience that Weiss says gave

her a more global perspective on

improving the effectiveness of

education for her students.

“Student achievement is a

teacher’s number-one priority,

next to instilling a love of selfdirected

learning to students. I’m

not referring to test scores and

accountability to state agencies,

but student achievement in terms

of learning, exploring, enriching

our understanding of the world

16 | February 2012

around us and becoming productive

members of society that work

together and create democratic

communities of people that can

move our society forward.”

One of the ways that Weiss

feels she is helping her students

gain a deeper understanding of

the world is through classroom

technology, including the SMART

Board interactive whiteboard,

SMART Document Camera,

SMART Slate wireless slate and

SMART Response interactive

response system.

Using these technology products

has enabled her to present

lesson content in more visual

and interactive ways, which

helps remove learning barriers in

her classroom.

She remembers when she taught

first grade and was introducing the

concept of alphabetizing. Using

her interactive whiteboard and

SMART Notebook collaborative

learning software, she created a

lesson showing a road that moved

from A to Z. The road metaphor

enabled her students to imagine

that alphabetizing was like driving

a car, and each letter had a stop.

Her students were able to move

their spelling words along the road,

placing each word in its correct

stop on the interactive whiteboard.

“After that, when they needed to

alphabetize on paper, it was done

with relative ease. I could hear

them talk about the ‘road’ that

was in their head,” she says.

Dr. Richard Long, Executive Director

for Government Relations at

the National Title I Association,

says that technology, when used

effectively, can help teachers

provide differentiated instructional

support to many students.

“The National Title I Association

views technology as a key tool to

help teachers and administrators to

enhance the educational experience

for more children,” he says.

Equal opportunities

For Jennifer Harper, a fourth-grade

teacher at Cavendish Town

Elementary School in Proctorsville,

Vermont, technology is the key to

equitability in education.

“Technology brings in the equality

to all my learners. My learners,

who have a tough time sitting

or standing still, can go to the

SMART Board and complete an

activity that meets their needs

and the curriculum requirements.

I take out the fear of getting

something wrong in front of

others by having students use

their SMART Response remotes to

enter answers,” Harper says.

With 46 percent of its students

qualifying for free and reducedcost

lunch programs, Cavendish

Elementary is a Title I school.

However, three years ago,

it became part of the Title I

Schoolwide Program, so that all

students could benefit from the

additional resources, rather than

just those students involved in the

Title I program.

Harper, who is the 2006 Vermont

Teacher of the Year and a SMART

Exemplary Educator, says that

SMART products play a big role in

helping her reach all the students

in her classroom. In addition to

the SMART Board interactive

whiteboard and the SMART

Response system, Harper also uses

a SMART Document Camera and

a SMART Slate wireless slate in

her classroom.

She has found these products

are particularly helpful for

engaging students with different

learning styles. The interactive

whiteboard and SMART Notebook

software enhance learning for

her kinesthetic learners, and

the SMART Document Camera

engages her visual and auditory

learners by enabling a large focal

point that spurs discussions. With

the SMART Response system,

everyone has the opportunity to

answer questions without the fear

of being wrong in front of others.

But one of the biggest benefits

that Harper has seen is how

the SMART Board interactive

whiteboard has opened up the

world to her students.

“During discussions, we can

travel on Google Earth to ‘see’

locations and bring the real world

to each one of them. Many of our

feature article

families will never travel out of

New England. Now our students

can Skype, chat and e-mail

around the world with others.

Every year I have students who

talk about traveling beyond New

England and outside the United

States. I know that the SMART

Board is opening doors for them.”

Dr. Long says that bringing the

world into the classroom is one of

the biggest advantages of using

technology in Title I schools.

“An old adage is that a book

can take one to places that they

have never been and expose

them to new ideas. Technology

can do that with text, sound

and visuals, all in an integrated

format,” he says. “Technology,

with the guidance of teachers and

librarians, can be a significant tool

in expanding the world of any

child who is isolated by poverty.”

Bright futures

Another way that technology

expands opportunities in Title I

February 2012 | 17

feature article

schools is by helping teachers

make science and math lessons

more engaging. Harper, who

won the Presidential Award

for Excellence in Mathematics

and Science Teaching in 2003,

says that giving young students

experiences in these subjects can

help encourage them to pursue

these areas later in life.

“As future members of our

society, students have to see how

math and science are a part of so

many of our day-to-day jobs, as

well as how they can be leaders

in these areas,” Harper says.

Creating leaders in science,

technology, engineering and

math is also one of Pamela

Howell’s main goals. As Principal

of Roosevelt-Perry Elementary

School in Louisville, Kentucky,

Howell believes in preparing

students for 21st-century careers

and opportunities.

“What we’re trying to do is

continue to break the poverty

cycle by educating and giving kids

an even chance. If they don’t have

this at home, they’re going to

experience it here and it’s going

to hopefully get them interested

in those types of jobs where they

can continue their educational

experiences through college or a

career,” Howell says.

Roosevelt-Perry is an inner-city

school, with 96 percent of its

students receiving free and

reduced-priced lunches. It’s also

a school with access to state-ofthe-art

technology because it has

Jefferson County Public School’s

only designated elementary

technology magnet program.

This means that Roosevelt-

Perry has enhanced the regular

core curriculum program with

components of technology,

robotics and engineering to

reinforce math and science skills.

The school has a technology

wing, dubbed the Technology

Playground, where Roosevelt-

Perry students get hands-on with

lessons in STEM areas, whether it’s

building robots, videoconferencing

with NASA or exploring shapes

on the SMART Table interactive

learning center.

The Technology Playground gives

teachers and students access to

computers, MP3 players, SMART

Board interactive whiteboards,

SMART Slate wireless slates and

other educational technology.

Howell says when students get

hands-on with lessons, it ensures

that even if they are not confident

in their abilities in these subjects,

they can still experience success.

“The SMART Board is just a

great learning and teaching tool

that evens the playing field for

those students that may not

be able to read or be great at

math. Students can actually see

examples and work through

things at a touch of a fingertip,”

Howell says.

Dr. Long says that in high-poverty

areas, many students have the

perception that they can’t excel

in these subjects, but having Title

I schools provide STEM programs

can have a big impact on

students’ futures.

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feature article

“For some students, focusing on

STEM helps them to break the

cycle of poverty, but the reality is

that there are few programs that

make use of STEM areas linking the

academics to the work world over

the course of an academic career.

This is especially true in the highpoverty

schools where we find that

even more students believe that

they do not have that ‘math gene’

to succeed,” Long says.

“STEM could be a very useful

and wide ranging tool in our

schools to break the cycle of

poverty, but much more needs to

be done to take this idea from a

few good programs to an area of

systemic change.”

Howell believes that exposing

students to STEM subjects

at a young age will inspire a

new generation of engineers,

mathematicians and scientists

in Louisville. That’s why the

school has an affiliation with

the University of Louisville’s

engineering program.

Roosevelt-Perry held a career

day where students from both

programs can see the work

each is doing in robotics and


According to Howell, when the

elementary students saw what the

university students were working

on, they said, “Oh my goodness,

those are the basic robotic skills

that we just learned!”

In addition to the Technology

Playground, every Roosevelt-Perry

classroom has a SMART Board

interactive whiteboard, a SMART

Document Camera, a SMART

Response interactive response

system, SMART Slate wireless

slates and a SMART Audio

classroom amplification system.

The school also has a professional

development room where all

district teachers are trained to use

the SMART products and other

educational technology.

“Our attendance has improved

and our kids are just more

engaged. Student expectations,

higher order thinking, and the

quality of work that’s being

produced here is totally different

than it was seven years ago,”

Howell says, referring to the

transformation the school has

undergone since becoming a

technology magnet school.

While the challenges of working

in a Title I school are big, the

successes can be bigger when

educators use innovative strategies

to teach. Weiss sums it up nicely:

“If we are not providing students

quality instruction with proper use

techniques with technology, these

students will not have the same

chance of contributing to society

in a meaningful way. Education

and technology are not luxuries to

be gained, but the right of every

person to become productive,

educated, lifelong learners.”




are not

luxuries to be


but the right

of every

person to






Joy Weiss


Balsz Elementary

Phoenix, Arizona

February 2012 | 19




This Month

Want to win a SMART Board 885ix

interactive whiteboard system?

Enter our STEM contest for a chance to win an 885ix,

which will help you engage students in learning and

inspire them to explore the world around them.

Read the terms and conditions and enter for your

chance to win!

Discover new ways to bring math and

science to life in the classroom

Attend SMART’s webinar to hear educators discuss how

they’ve successfully used SMART products to further

engage students in STEM subjects. This complimentary

one-hour session on February 29 will explore holistic and

integrated approaches to the implementation of SMART

products in classrooms and suggest new ways to deliver

visual and interactive math and science lessons that spark

a lasting interest in STEM.

Register now for this webinar taking place Wednesday,

February 29 at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

20 | February 2012


Become a SMART Exemplary

Educator (SEE)

Would you like to join the global network

of SMART Exemplary Educators who are

transforming teaching and learning with the

help of SMART? Our popular SEE program brings

together teachers, technology coordinators and

administrators who lead the way in using SMART

products to engage students and improve learning


Through March 31, you’re invited to complete a

SEE program application. In the application, you will

need to highlight your commitment to developing

effective education practices and sharing them with

other educators. You will also need to provide a

reference letter from a school administrator and

a video of yourself presenting part of a SMART

Notebook lesson that you created.


EDCompass magazine would like to congratulate the

2012 SEEs of the Year:

• Michael McGowan, Supervisor of Technology,

Lincoln Elementary School District, Calumet

City, Illinois

Participate in the world’s first

digital spelling competition!

Enter your class or school – or even yourself – in the

Spellathon, a free, global, English language event.

The spelling competition, featuring Stephen Fry, is

open to children and adults worldwide through the

beginning of March. The bee-themed Spellathon

lets you and your students practice spelling using

interactive games and quizzes.

For even more spelling fun, download our free

Spellathon SMART Notebook file from SMART

Exchange, which gives you resources for the

Spellathon and instructs you how to navigate to the

interactive whiteboard game.

You can also download free Spellathon mobile

apps and find free digital school packs on

Spellathon’s website – there’s a pack for primary

and secondary schools, as well as university level

and individual adults and students. The packs

contain guides, word lists, games, posters and

e-mail templates for informing parents about the

competition. For complete details on the Spellathon,

review the competition’s terms and conditions and

then get spelling!

• Alexandra Dunn, Speech and Language

Pathologist, Upper Canada District School

Board, Ontario, Canada

Learn more about the SEE program pathways and

how you can apply to join this group of skilled and

dedicated educators.

February 2012 | 21

SMART Showcase school PROFILE

Making Global Connections

without Leaving the Classroom

By Kim Hamill

But even though this Title I School is in a low-income

area, students receive a high-quality education. In fact,

Flynn and the rest of the school’s educators work hard

to help students with the social issues they face and

ensure they receive a global education.

They accomplish these goals using products such as

SMART Board interactive whiteboards, SMART

Response interactive response systems, the

SMART Document Camera and SMART Table

interactive learning center. The entire school

district has standardized on SMART products.

SMART products are letting us present a global

aspect of the world in our classrooms, and that has

been a huge, huge advantage to us here with our kids

being so out of the real-world picture,” Flynn says.

“We’ve got a lot of students who have never and

will never venture outside of this area that they’re

living in. They don’t go to museums, they don’t go on

vacations. They’ve never been out of this little area –

let alone out of the state or out of the country – to be

exposed to what is out there in the world.”

According to Principal David Flynn, this challenge is

one of the main reasons that SMART products are

critical to teaching and learning success at Westside

Elementary School, a SMART Showcase School in

Westmoreland, Tennessee.

Rich in learning experiences

Located in a rural, high-poverty area of the state,

Westside Elementary School serves 325 students from

pre-kindergarten to fifth grade – 300 of whom qualify

for free or reduced-cost lunch programs.

And because Westside students haven’t had

opportunities to explore the world, more background

information is often required about a lesson before

teachers can begin teaching.

“Their world is so closed in when they come to

us – there is no other way to really get them global

experience,” Flynn says. “We have a lot of social factors

we have to deal with here. But on top of that, when

you try to teach a lesson … about where the President

lives and they have no clue where Washington, DC, is,

where Virginia is, where that’s at in the United States.

The global aspect that SMART [products] bring to the

entire class has revolutionized our students. It’s truly

been an altering situation.”

Kindergarten teacher Leslie Goad agrees,

saying that providing her students with a visual,

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SMART Showcase school PROFILE

“I’ve spent a lot of money over the years using Title

I funds and sometimes you wonder, ‘Did I really

get out of it what I spent?’ But I truly believe with

SMART, you get way more than what it costs.”

David Flynn


Westside Elementary School

Westmoreland, Tennessee

interactive way to connect to information makes

teaching the basics much easier.

“Our kids come to us at all different levels, and where

they are is unbelievable. You have some that have never

held a crayon, you have some that have never been

around other children, you have some that have never

been separated from their parents – so they come to

you having lots and lots and lots of needs,” Goad says.

Success for everyone

Westside Elementary is an inclusion school, so some of

Goad’s students have special needs. She has found that

SMART products enable these students to participate in

activities with her higher-functioning students, creating

a collaborative environment that’s beneficial for all.

“Our inclusion program merged with our technology

program to get student scores up, and we’ve made

some real progress with our special needs kids in that

area. So, at one time, we were about 87 percent

below proficient for our special needs kids, and that

currently is riding around 17 percent,” Flynn says.

“We’ve made that gain in the last five years, so that’s

pretty huge. We received a commendation from the

state of Tennessee for our progress, so we’ve made

some real progress through inclusion merged with our

SMART products.”

Fifth-grade teacher Ashley Shouse says that with SMART

products, no learner is left behind. The products appeal

to every learning style, enabling her to find creative ways

to help her students understand concepts.

She is currently tutoring a student who struggles with

many math and reading concepts. At first, she was

struggling to help him understand the concepts, until

she spoke to the student’s mother and learned the

student was interested in computer programming.

“I thought, ‘How is this kid, you know, who’s into

computer programming failing fifth-grade math and

English?’ So I started finding tons of stuff with my

SMART Board and my iPad, and he’s definitely passing

now. You had to teach it to him in a whole different way

and he gets it,” Shouse says.

Although the challenges of Westside educators are

great – sometimes before Shouse and Goad can

start teaching, they have to help a student who

hasn’t had breakfast or a child who’s been awake

all night – Flynn says that SMART products have

helped these students reach out and connect with

the world at large.

“I’ve spent a lot of money over the years using Title

I funds and sometimes you wonder, ‘Did I really

get out of it what I spent?’ But I truly believe with

SMART, you get way more than what it costs.”

Your school can become a SMART Showcase School and be recognized for

using SMART education solutions to create exceptional learning environments.

If selected, your school will receive exclusive membership benefits and

opportunities. It will have an opportunity to share its success story and serve

as a host site for other educators who want to find out about the benefits of

implementing SMART products. Learn more.

February 2012 | 23


And you can also zoom in and

enter the 3D scene. Just imagine

the look on your students’ faces

as a 3D image of the Acropolis in

Athens seemingly zooms toward

them, and they can enter the

famed monument and have their

imaginations take over!

An Added Dimension

to Learning

3D Tools for SMART Notebook software

Some things look just fine when

they are flat.

The Mona Lisa, for instance,

would never be considered boring

because it’s two-dimensional. But,

then again, the Mona Lisa is an

exception to the rule!

But the visual content you use in

your classroom – clouds, blood

cells, planets, the Leaning Tower

of Pisa or even a fish – is much

more dynamic when your students

can see its spatial dimensions and

explore it in-depth.

With the new 3D Tools for

SMART Notebook software, you

can immerse students in 3D lessons,

enabling them to investigate lesson

content from multiple angles.

Available in spring 2012, this

plug-in for SMART Notebook 11

collaborative learning software

will enable you to import and

manipulate 3D content seamlessly,

and add an exciting dimension to

teaching and learning.

In-depth explorations

Experiential learning can be an

effective way of helping students

understand a concept or lesson,

but bringing in artifacts or taking

fields trips is not always practical

or affordable. 3D Tools for SMART

Notebook enables students to

better understand physical objects

across a range of subjects and to

make connections between ideas –

without leaving the classroom.

With this plug-in, you can

show a 3D image or animation

on a SMART Board interactive

whiteboard, label it, and rotate and

interact with it using your fingers.

Once inside a scene, you can

navigate through the internal

details of the models. For

example, if navigating the interior

of a home, your students would

see the fine details, such as

furniture and decorations.

An array of content

3D Tools for SMART Notebook

software is licensed-based software

that includes 11 educational 3D

objects in the Gallery for SMART

Notebook, and you can find an

additional 69 3D objects on the

SMART Exchange website.

Also, Google 3D Warehouse

is searchable right from SMART

Notebook software, giving you

instant access to thousands of 3D

objects. You and your students can

also create and import your own

3D objects into SMART Notebook

with Google SketchUp. And

because 3D Tools for SMART

Notebook is nonstereoscopic

technology, students do not need

to wear 3D glasses.

Watch a video about 3D Tools for

SMART Notebook software and

download the 30-day trial to see

how this new plug-in can bring

an added dimension to learning in

your classroom.

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writes Dr. Bamford, citing results

from the study.

What you need to know about our

new add-on to SMART Notebook.

What’s unique about 3D Tools?

Many companies are developing

3D content these days, so what

makes 3D Tools for SMART

Notebook software special? Here

are just a few of the extraordinary

things you can do with 3D Tools:

• Access and manipulate 3D

content right within SMART

Notebook software

• Navigate through the

internal details of 3D models

• Disguise a 3D object as a

magic hat and click to reveal it

• Label objects and the labels

will remain affixed, even when

objects are rotated and moved

• Write in digital ink over 3D

objects or layer them with

2D objects

• Rotate objects by moving

them on a single axis or on

multiple axes

Studying 3D in the classroom

The 3D in Education White

Paper, from Texas Instruments ,

explores the idea of using 3D as a

teaching and learning tool. Written

by Dr. Anne Bamford, Director

of the International Research

Agency, the paper focuses on

a European study examining

stereoscopic 3D (3D requiring

glasses) and its impact on student

engagement and understanding.

“The research results suggested that

the 3D animated models were able

to represent information in the most

economical manner to facilitate

learning and comprehension,

thus simplifying complex, abstract

and impossibly large amounts of

information into a coherent form,”

writes Dr. Bamford.

When it comes to academic results,

the study also showed that 3D had

a marked positive effect on learning,

recall and test performance.

“Under experimental conditions,

86% of pupils improved from the

pre-test to the post-test in the 3D

classes, compared to only 52%

who improved in the 2D classes,”

Google and 3D

Google 3D Warehouse and Google

SketchUp are two great – and free

– resources for incorporating 3D

into your classroom. Between these

two resources, you not only can

create 3D objects, such as vehicles,

buildings or animals, but also find,

share, store and collaborate on

3D models.

A few of our favorite 3D

models available in Google 3D

Warehouse are

Notre Dame de Paris


What a teacher says

Statue of Liberty


I teach in a low-income school. These students don’t travel

outside their local area. With 3D, they get the whole visual,

not just a flat shape. [For] example, the Roman Colosseum can

be shown as 3D, including where the spectators sat, where the

gladiators dueled. Animals that can’t normally be brought into

the classroom can come alive via 3D. Students can’t get this

kind of experience with flat pictures.

Dorothy Johnston

Sixth-Grade Teacher

Monte Vista Elementary School

Montclair, California

February 2012 | 25




Being the product manager for

3D Tools for SMART Notebook

software means that Amy

Dewis is often surrounded by

3D images and animations. An

avid floor hockey player, Amy

is the perfect person to explain

how 3D Tools can help teachers

meet their classroom goals –

pun intended! Here’s what she

had to say.

Why is 3D Tools for SMART

Notebook software a great

solution for a budgetconscious


3D Tools is a great alternative to

3D projection systems that require

3D glasses for each student. In

addition, for those schools that

can’t afford document cameras for

every room, 3D Tools brings 3D

content to life right on the SMART

Board interactive whiteboard – at

a fraction of the cost.

26 | February 2012


Why is this better than using

another 3D viewer?

The ability to access and

interact with 3D content

from right within SMART

Notebook lessons is essential

for keeping students’ attention.

No application switching is

required, so teachers can keep

students engaged and the

lesson flowing smoothly.

What are your favorite

aspects of this product?

The fact that it’s so easy to

use – you just drag and drop

from the Gallery in SMART

Notebook. Also, because it

supports multiple file formats,

there are thousands of pieces

of content to choose from. The

possibilities are endless.

Can you tell us what’s

coming next?

3D Tools is currently only

available for Microsoft Windows,

but it will be available this spring

for Mac operating systems.

We are also continually adding

more 3D content to the SMART

Exchange website, so keep

checking back!

February 2012 | 27

Now there’s an easy

way to assess learning

in any classroom

With SMART Response interactive response systems,

teachers can assess learning, enhance instruction and

improve student outcomes. SMART offers five models,

making it easy for you to find the right assessment

tool for every type of learning environment.

Explore your choices today at

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