Washington Co. Schools Go High-Tech

By: Bryan Anderson
By: Bryan Anderson

Chipley- "It's called a Promethean board," said Roulhac Middle School teacher Lajuana Malloy.

With a name that sounds like something from the stone age, the Promethean board is anything but ancient. It's a new-age chalk board of sorts with a heavy dose of technology.

"It's much more interesting. You don't have to figure out how am I going to say this or which handout, it's now which multi-media image, device am I going to use," said Chipley High School teacher Carol Schimpf.

From lesson planning to internet surfing, Schimpf said the Promethean does pretty much anything.

"This has turned out to be actually the most useful tool I've ever had," said Schimpf.

Six Washington County teachers tested the new board in 2009. Three years later, it's in more than thirty classrooms. But with ever-decreasing budgets and a focus on doing more with less, the question is is the $5,500 investment for each unit really worth it?

"There are many teachers here on campus clamoring for that," said Schimpf.

Instructors and students News 4 spoke with said "Yes."

"How much have things changed for you?," asked News 4's Bryan Anderson.

"Tremendously," said Malloy.

"There's something on the board at all times," said Chipley High School Senior Chelsea Carter.

"It teaches you more," said Chipley High School student Josh Myers.

The district said it bought the Promethean boards mostly through Title One funding. School Superintendent Sandra Cook said she hopes to have enough money to buy ten more next school year.

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