Many York County parents who grew up watching teachers scribble with chalk on a blackboard now are sending their children to schools that teach with white boards.
And there is no similarity between the two. The new interactive white boards are technologically advanced tools for teachers that are far more than another big surface to write on.
White boards are part of a technological upgrade that has brought classrooms throughout the county into the 21st century. Teachers, working from a computer, can transform the board in a number of ways. They can download videos, scan worksheets and photos, go online and share lesson plans.
Just as significantly, students can interact with the board from their desks. They can use digital devises to transmit answers to test questions or work math problems.
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It's only logical that this high-tech system is on its way to replacing the old blackboard. Students who have grown up with computers, cell phones, video games and all sorts of other complicated, multipurpose electronic devices expect the same sophistication from classroom technology.
While the information that teachers offer students in the classroom may have changed little, the way of delivering it has provided advantages heretofore unavailable in a conventional classroom. We'd say that is progress.