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Colorado district chooses Hitachi StarBoards

The Lewis Palmer School District in Monument, CO has selected Hitachi Software StarBoard interactive whiteboards to help develop educational programs, purchased through Troxell Communications. The district uses twenty four of the FXDUO 77 model StarBoards at the elementary and high
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The Lewis-Palmer School District in Monument, CO has selected Hitachi Software StarBoard interactive whiteboards to help develop educational programs, purchased through Troxell Communications. The district uses twenty-four of the FXDUO-77 model StarBoards at the elementary and high school levels.

Teachers are using the StarBoards for all major subject areas at the high school level with much success; English teacher Kathleen Raphael finds the board to be “a great tool to teach students how to edit and revise their writing.” Marc Johnson, a Math teacher in the Lewis-Palmer School District, found the board to be just as helpful for math—he says students “struggle to transfer certain concepts when diagrams change,” and says the StarBoard “allows a teacher to make these illustrations come to life,” creating a more interactive classroom environment.

The School District hopes to create a high-tech multi-purpose classroom “where students can collaborate about a project using StarBoard as the center point of their discussion,” adds Tracey Lehman, the district’s Director of Educational Technology.



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