With a newly appointed principal, Barbara Chin-Sinn, and updated classrooms with Smart Board technology, the Maspeth Middle School is making sure that students receive a more innovative and creative method of teaching.
Science and Social Studies teacher Glenn Schuman believes Smart Board will be a useful tool for students to learn as they progress through their academic year.
For example, during biology, students will be able to dissect a frog on a Smart Board as though they were dissecting a frog in real life.
“The smart board is previously loaded with materials from all academic and fine arts subjects,” said Schuman.
With instant access to these kinds of experiments, students will be able to learn quicker and have more confidence in their educational explorations. Additionally, Smart Board technology includes touch screens, where students can draw, write, and type using their fingers. Smart Board is not only interactive, but resourceful; students can easily research information from the internet.
“Because of the interactive aspect of Smart Board, each child will be able to go on these Smart Boards, and do their experiments and research,” said Chin-Sinn. “It is compatible with games that the students play at home.”
Gary Fredericksen, Director of Technology, stated that the school purchased two brands of interactive boards: Smart and Mimio. Each Mimio cost about $700-$800 and each Smart Board cost about $1,000.
There are currently 15 interactive boards in the entire school, which includes Martin Luther Middle School and High School. The school was able to acquire grants and state funds to purchase the new classroom technology.
In honor of the middle school’s grand opening, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley also attended the event to demonstrate their support of the school and its new technology.
Both encouraged the 32 students that attend the middle school to “continue enthusiastically” in their education.
As the principal, Chin-Sinn oversees the Middle School program, but she fully involves herself with the students’ education by teaching English and religion.
She hopes the new Smart Board technology will fulfill her expectations of enhancing the learning process at the school.
“My vision for the middle school is for every student to be fully equipped for the 21st century in technology and fine arts,” she said.