Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
CCC GED Instructor Chris Parks (pictured front, right) demonstrates a math problem to his students using new Smart Board technology.
CLARKSDALE – When Coahoma Community College GED Instructor Chris Parks wants to illustrate an equation to his class, he no longer has to worry about how it’ll all fit on his small dry erase board.
That’s because Parks' classroom, located at United Family Life Village Center in Cleveland, Miss., is among two CCC GED sites to receive Smart Boards—an interactive whiteboard that’s connected to a computer.
Smart Boards act like huge computer monitors, allowing instructors to annotate, erase, draw, move elements with their fingertips, and print out what is on the screen. Film clips, photographs, books and web pages can also be easily displayed for the whole class to view and discuss.
“It feels like going from a Pinto car to a Cadillac,” said Parks, who's been using the board for about two weeks. “It’s already making quite the difference.”
Park said he’s now able to use lesson plans from his iPad and enjoys not having to worry about bringing supplies, such as markers and erasers.
His 13 students are just as excited to have the new technology.
After solving a math equation on the Smart Board, Veronica Garcia of Cleveland said she finds using the board to be much more fun.
“I enjoy being able to write on the board with my fingertips,” Garcia said. “It’s also really helpful when Mr. Parks uses the board to play videos that help explain everything.”
In addition, Parks said having the Smart Board in the classroom exposes his students, many who are non-traditional, to today's technology.
Gerod Mcknight of Cleveland, who’s wrapping up his first week of GED classes, said he’s never been able to work a computer before and enjoys interacting with the board.
“This is my first time seeing a board like this, but it makes understanding everything a lot easier,” he said. “I like Mr. Parks because he’s patient in teaching me how to use everything.”
The boards were purchased using a one-time equipment fund from Basic Skills.
CCC’s GED program housed in Tunica, Miss. received the second board.
For more information about CCC’s GED program, call (662) 621-4314.