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Posted May 7, 2013

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Emerson ES Gets Two High-Tech, Interactive Tables

The donated Promethean ActivTables are designed to allow up to six students to problem-solve collaboratively.

Go here to see a slideshow of students at Emerson using their new ActivTables donated by Promethean.

Kellen VanAmburg, one of the first APS students to use the new interactive tables donated by Promethean, called the tool futuristic and really cool. “It’s like something out of Star Trek,” said the Emerson Elementary School fourth grader.

Classmate Valerie Chacon also enjoyed taking the new ActivTable for a test drive. “I like how you just tap on it and does what you want,” she said.

Two Promethean ActivTables, worth about $7,000 each, were donated to Emerson last week, the first school in the district to get the high-tech teaching tools.

The ActivTable – with its 46-inch HD LCD touch-sensitive display – is an interactive table designed to facilitate collaborative learning and problem-solving activities. Up to six students can use it at any one time, with ample room for them to work together. With web browser capabilities, individual tool libraries and support for numerous applications and activities, the ActivTable is intuitive to use. Teachers can also create custom-made activities in order to meet core curriculum learning objectives.

The two tables at Emerson are located in the computer lab, where students are using it to hone a variety of skills from math to problem-solving to writing. The tables, which operate somewhat like oversized iPads, have 85 activities for students at the elementary level. The kids in Yolanda Medrano’s fourth grade class were the first to give the tables a whirl, pushing up their sleeves and playing a dominoes game that teaches synonyms, and a newspaper activity that had students researching, writing and designing.

“It’s great because it’s hands-on and they’re teaching each other,” said Ms. Medrano. “We’ll just be the facilitators. And it’s reaffirming what they’re learning in the classroom.”

The interactive nature of the ActivTable encourages inclusion and collaborative skills such as problem-solving, group work, critical thinking and consensus decision-making. The ActivTable drives collaboration, increases student engagement, empowers students to lead their own learning and develops creativity. With flexible learning opportunities, ActivTables support both small-group work and whole-class activities. The ActivTable brings the back of the classroom to the front by actively engaging all students.

For more information on the ActivTable, go here.

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