A technology initiative will continue next year as more SMART Boards are installed in classrooms in the New Albany-Plain Local Schools.

A technology initiative will continue next year as more SMART Boards are installed in classrooms in the New Albany-Plain Local Schools.

The New Albany school board Monday night approved the purchase of 10 new SMART Boards, related software and installation costs for $41,193.

Superintendent Steve Castle said the purchase continues a four-year commitment the school board had made to a kindergarten-through-fifth-grade initiative three years ago.

"This is the third year of a commitment from the board, which we greatly appreciate," he said.

The integration of SMART Boards into classrooms, mainly in the K-1 and 2-5 elementary buildings, have helped teachers make lessons more active, in addition to teaching students about another technology.

"We feel like it's really been a great investment in student learning," Castle said.

In some classrooms, the SMART Boards are used for math lessons.

Teachers can project a graphing calculator onto the SMART Board to show students how to make graphs. Other teachers use it to get students to the board and more involved in the lessons.

School board member Mike Klein said one of his daughters uses a SMART Board in class.

"It's all she talks about," he said.

The new SMART Boards will be installed in classrooms in the 2-5 elementary building.

Madeline Partlow, district director of teaching and learning, said recipients were chosen among teachers who had written proposals on how they would use the technology in the classroom.

In other business, Klein asked the school board to consider reinstating an eighth-grade field trip to Washington, D.C. The annual field trip was eliminated soon after 9/11 because of concerns, including safety, class time and supervision.

During an April 14 work session, Castle told the board that teachers and students want the trip to be reconsidered.

On Monday, Klein did not press board members for a vote but asked them to think about it.

"I really believe that this trip would be as beneficial as any trip they could take," he said. "I'm not asking to go forward with this tonight, but consider it."

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