Smart Boards add to teacher curriculum PDF Print E-mail

Finding ways to keep students engaged in the classroom is a challenge for all teachers, especially in a society that revolves around technology.
Two years ago, Salem Community Schools decided to help with this issue by purchasing 11 Smart Boards for teachers who applied for one to use in their classrooms. Since then, the school corporation has continued purchasing more Smart Boards as money becomes available.
Dr. Jackie Arnold, who is the director of assessment and program improvement for the school corporation, said the first Smart Boards were purchased during the 2009-2010 school year. Teachers had to apply to the technology committee and say how they would use a Smart Board in their classroom. Arnold said the committee did research to find the best tool for what they wanted to do.
Last school year, a math grant was used to purchase Smart Boards for all the high school and middle school math teachers.
“And 100 percent of the eighth-grade students passed Algebra 1 this past year,” she said.
Arnold said she continues to pull money from different areas like Title 1, High Ability and After School funds, to purchase Smart Boards so that eventually, every teacher who wants one will have one.
This year, 21 new Smart Boards were purchased for the start of the 2011-2012 school year. The Smart Boards cost approximately $2,800, which includes the screen, the projector and the installation.
“Smart Boards are more engaging to today’s kids and has so much more available than books,” said Arnold.
Salem Superintendent Dr. D. Lynn Reed added, “It’s an interactive, educational tool.” She explained that the board can look like a computer monitor, projector, show video or power point.
The Smart Board is connected to a computer and uses an overhead projector to put the picture on a white screen that allows teachers and students to use their hands and other tools to interact with the computer.
Reed said there is even software available online that a teacher can pull from, which already has creative lesson plans that incorporates interactive activities for the students.
Jamie Malloy, an English teacher at Salem Middle School, was one of the first teachers to get a Smart Board in her classroom.
“The Smart Board has been a wonderful asset to my classroom,” she said. “When the application for the grant was emailed, I did not know anything about a SB.”
However, her husband, Duane, had used them in his classes at Indiana University Southeast and encouraged her to apply for one.
“I’m glad I did because I use it daily!” she said. “The information on the SB is hands on, colorful, interactive. The students love it and are engaged in the lessons.”
Malloy said she uses the Smart Board in a variety of ways. She uses it for writing examples, which allows students to highlight and underline important parts of writing.
“I can write over paragraphs and discuss introductory and closing paragraphs, how and where to use transition words in writing, etc.,” she said.
She uses it for reading to map out a story plot, as well as for characterization by writing different character traits of a character they are reading and write examples on the Smart Board.
“The students come to the board and write examples,” she said.
They can study unfamiliar words by searching on Google on the Smart Board to learn the meaning of words they come across. Students can use the Smart Board to display power points, videos, and websites.
“The SB is a large computer,” said Malloy. “Students can operate the links on a Web site/power point by standing and touching the SB.”
Malloy said her Smart Board has a document camera that allows students to display pictures, drawings and books under the camera and display them on the SB.
“I can also show video clips from the Smart Board,” she said. “For example, when we study interjections, I pull up a video clip from the old Batman shows. I will show a one-minute clip where word bubbles appear with interjections. WOW! BAM! POW!”
Malloy said she can be anywhere in the room and still write and manage the Smart Board and she can upload any document from her computer and display it on the board.
“This is a great way to review tests, quizzes and homework,” she said. “I could just go on and on!”
Emily Johnson, who teaches third grade at Bradie Shrum, does not have a Smart Board this year, but had one last year when she taught sixth grade.
“. . . Any chance they had to write on the board, all of the kids had their hands up! Even my struggling students or ones that did not usually participate wanted a chance to use the board.”
Johnson said she really misses the Smart Board in her classroom this year and said if she did have one, there are countless things that she could do, including scanning worksheets and writing on the Smart Board, as well as giving interactive presentations.
“Since the students are so into technology, they love when Smart Board technology is used in the classroom,” she said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:25
Mobile meth lab bust at the corner of Vincennes Trail and State Road 135 PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m., near Vincennes Trail and State Road 135 in Washington County, troopers from the Indiana State Police came in contact with Kristen Hacker, 22, of Salem.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:29
Hurley receives CMS Athlete of the Year award PDF Print E-mail

Josh Hurley was awarded the athlete of the year award by Charlestown Middle School for the school year 2010-2011.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2011 09:18
Attorney General stops in Salem to educate on consumer protection PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:00

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller stopped by Salem’s City Hall on Wednesday morning, July 27, for an interview on the topic of identity theft conducted by “Reality Radio with Rhonda” host Rhonda Green of WSLM radio. “Identity theft is the number one growing crime in the United States and in Indiana” Zoeller stated. Identity theft criminals are some of the most technologically proficient people in the country and many of these so called “phishers”are operating in well-organized crime rings these days. “It’s easier to rob someone with a computer than with a gun or a knife,” he explained.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2011 07:43
Fund raiser for Salem’s Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion set for August 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:00

A fund raiser benefiting the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion will be held on Monday, August 22 at 6:30 pm at Christie’s on the Square in Salem. The cost of the “Girls Night Out” dinner ticket is $15.00.
A speaker, games, donations, and silent auction items will also help raise money for this program, which had previously been available to men only in Salem.
Besides the fund raising dinner, the pavilion also needs linens, toiletries, skin care and make up items, and personal hygiene items. The organizers are asking all persons attending the dinner to bring one item of the above with them to the dinner.
But what exactly is the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion?
It’s for women who have already been released from prison after having been incarcerated for drugs and/or alcohol. Homeless people are also welcome in the facility.
It is not rehab or detox, though. It is a discipleship program that is peer to peer. A lot of the people staffing both the men’s and women’s pavilions have been through the prison system for substance abuse, and have been through the Good Samaritan program. The program typically takes six months to complete successfully.
The Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion helps women get jobs as they transition into the community, and they act mainly as facilitators in the transition.
They have a very structured environment which is governed by a strict set of rules, such as a set bedtime, no cable television, and no video games.
All participants are screened for drugs, and are administered breathalyzer tests. There is a zero tolerance policy in place.
Since the program is so very strongly based on religion, the judicial system does not require participation in the program. The people entering the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion would have decided to enter it, near the time they are leaving prison or detox/rehab.
Pam Jones, who helps oversee the Women’s Pavilion, sees the importance of the community in the success of the facility.
“It takes a whole community, and this community has been fantastic. I can’t thank them enough. We know we can’t do this by ourselves,” Jones said recently. “This is all about freedom.”
The two Good Samaritan Inns are trying to spend more time working in the community, doing service jobs and cleaning churches. At the present, the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion is relying solely on donations from area churches, but they are doing church clean ups to give the churches a value added service.
Three women who have been going through the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion program praised it for its effectiveness.
Karla Beach said she found Christ while in prison, and she thinks having the support system in place while you are trying to adjust to the community after being released from prison.
“That gives them a place to go to,” Beach said.
Jessica Goen said she had been in eight rehabs, all secular in nature, and she said that they all were failures with regards to their success with her.
In 10 months at Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion, Goen said that she has successfully graduated from the basic program, to go to the next level, and has overcome a heroin and meth.
Tabby Applegate was homeless, jobless, and a drug addict when she came to the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion.
“A lot of where I got hope was through this facility,” Applegate explained. She said that without a Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion to go to, “I’d probably be out there, dead.”
The Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion is at 1406 East Hackberry Street, and for information on purchasing tickets for the fundraiser at Christie’s on the Square, contact the restaurant at 812-883-9757, and ask for Robin.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2011 07:44
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