Jan. 11 ActivTable demo shows the power of IT
Program representatives from Douglas ESD got some hands-on time on Jan. 11 with a Promethean ActivTable, an interactive instructional tool brought us for the day by our Information Technology Department. The table allows up to six students at a time to use web browsers and resources as a team accomplishing a common goal. It’s geared for students from kindergarten through sixth grades and can be used by students with special needs.
Although the demo model was not purchased, its visit to our office was an example of how Douglas ESD helps districts get an introduction to expensive equipment and systems before deciding whether to invest in them.
Douglas ESD in fact has two IT programs – information and instructional technology – that serve districts to ensure they get the most benefit from all the new technology available. Our state Oregon Technology Access Program makes similar efforts with assistive technology for students with disabilities.
In addition to arranging the Activity Table demonstration, our IT department has been testing a web filtering system for districts who may opt to use it to shield students from inappropriate Internet content. And our Instructional Technology staff has been exploring a teacher coaching and feedback video tech tool, Iris Connect, that they expect to buy later this year for teachers to use.
We’re grateful for the services of our tech specialists who allow our professionals to expand their skills and do even better work for district kids!