Liverpool Board of Education hones in on interactive learning

The Liverpool Central School District held their Jan. 24 Board of Education meeting at Wetzel Road Elementary to accommodate the innovative technology presentation made by enthusiastic teachers from the district.

During the meeting, Meredith Devennie, first grade teacher at Nate Perry Elementary; Deb Ratcliff, sixth grade teacher at Elmcrest Elementary; Michele Anderson, Math Connections enrichment teacher at Liverpool Middle School; and Maureen Tricas, social studies teacher at the Annex gave an interactive presentation on their use of technology in the classrooms to facilitate learning. Devennie kicked off the presentation with a demonstration of an interactive projector with four volunteers from her class. Next up was Ratcliff, who encouraged members of the board to "volunteer" to answer questions using the Smartboard to demonstrate the ease with which the learning tool can be grasped and used for everyday learning assignments. Anderson followed with other reasons why students-and teachers, alike-enjoy using the Smartboard to engage students and get them interested in learning again. Tricas wrapped up the presentation with a demonstration of how her Global History class was using the internet for an alternative assignment: the group has a question and answer "blog" with the author of a book they are reading-from Washington state. Three students from Tricas class also attended the board meeting and gave their testimonials on why they enjoy using technology in Tricas classroom. They were Amaya Howard, Shyanna Mariano and Emma Palya.

The board was impressed with the presentation given by the teachers.

"This is the best meeting I've been to while on the board because of the teachers I just saw up here," said Board of Education President Don Cook. He and others on the board praised the teachers' enthusiasm and excitement in using the new technology.

Also during the meeting, the board announced that a special work session meeting for the board will be held to review the long range facility planning committee plans at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the District Offices. The meeting is open to the public.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the District Offices, 195 Blackberry Road in Liverpool.

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