Located on the Queens and Nassau border, the Elmont Union Free School District comprises six elementary schools serving 3,900 students from varied backgrounds and international origins. EUFSD’s educational approach focuses on meeting and exceeding state learning standards. Students develop reasoning and decision-making skills in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.
As part of its drive to exceed standards, EUFSD began a pilot program to introduce interactive whiteboards to their fifth and sixth grade classrooms in 2005. Today, EUFSD has an interactive whiteboard installed in every classroom, resource room and library in the district.
“SMART products have transformed Elmont classrooms into the ultimate learning environment for all children,” says Al Harper, Superintendent of Elmont Union Free School District. “SMART Board interactive whiteboards bring the curriculum to life in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms throughout the district, virtually transporting students to art museums, science labs and concert halls without ever leaving the classroom.”
There are nearly 200 SMART Board interactive whiteboards currently in classrooms, and the district plans to install an additional 20 in the 2009-10 school year in computer labs and academic intervention services classrooms, which provide supplemental reading services for students. EUFSD teachers use the whiteboards and interactive response systems to customize teaching and learning with a wide variety of digital resources designed to meet the individual needs of their students.
“Administrators and teachers at Elmont Union Free School District recognize that technology in the classroom will help learners develop the skills necessary to be successful through the course of their education and beyond,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO.