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Schroon Lake school adds new technology

SCHROON LAKE - Schroon Lake Central School classes a little smart these days thanks to alumni.

Graduates have donated four "SMART boards" to the school.

"SMART boards" project computer scenes from terminals onto a whiteboard allowing an entire class to see it. Touch technology allows teachers to move through lesson plans and programs.

"The 'SMART board' has greatly increased student participation and excitement. It is great to see them so engaged in learning," said teacher Cookie Barker. "The potential for classroom application is huge and we are focusing our efforts on expanding professional development in order to meet the needs of today's learner."

The boards have been donated by the Donald Anslow, Jr. family, Danny Pitkin, Anthony Pitkin and Laura Pitkin. Each "SMART board" has a price tag of about $1,500.

Schroon Lake is using the technology in two science classrooms, a social studies room and a math room.

Barker has been trained in the technology and is training fellow Schroon Lake teachers.

A science teacher, Barker is also looking to expand the use of technology throughout her school and is looking for more donations.

"Thanks to the generosity of several Schroon Lake families, students at SLCS are enjoying new 'SMART boards' in four classrooms," said Laura Corey, a social studies teacher. "We (teachers) appreciate Cookie Barker spearheading this fundraising efforts to increase technology in the classroom.

"A teacher foundation is being established to facilitate donations," she added. "The SLCS teachers would like to thank the Donald Anslow, Jr. family, Danny Pitkin, Anthony Pitkin and Laura Pitkin for their generous donations to this project."

Anyone interested in the technology or in supporting the project can contact Barker at 532-7164.

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