Smart Schools and Smart Boards

Center for Spectrum Services
Smart Schools Investment Plan Overview

The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 was passed in New York’s 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the state.  The allocation for Center for Spectrum Services is $40,033.

Timeline:

  • This Smart Schools Investment Plan is made available for review and comment from March 30, 2017 through April 30, 2017. Written comments may be submitted to Jamey Wolff, Program Director, 70 Kukuk Ln, Kingston NY 12401 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • The Center for Spectrum Services Board of Trustees will conduct a hearing that will enable stakeholders to respond to the Investment Plan. This hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 18th from 5:30pm to 6:00pm at Center for Spectrum Services, 70 Kukuk Ln, Kingston NY 12401.
  • A final plan will be prepared for Spectrum Services Board of Trustees approval.
  • The final proposed plan will be submitted to NYSED and will be posted on the school’s website.
  • Upon approval of the plan, the school will purchase the items

Center for Spectrum Services will utilize the Smart Schools Bond Act funding to install Smart Boards in several of our classrooms.

Allowable
Expenditure

Items to be
purchase

Quantity

Cost Per Item

Total Cost

Interactive Whiteboards

65" SMART Board 6065 Interactive Flat Panel,

Mount, Installation, Extended Warranty

7 Units

$5,746

$40,222


The use of Smart Boards in classrooms with students with autism adds important variety to instruction, motivates students, and provides novel ways for student-teacher interaction.

Studies have indicated that Smart Boards have noticeably motivated students to interact with academic and language lessons, and have greatly increased the use of spontaneous language, coordinate, spatial concepts and fine motor skills.

Smart Boards can be a great equalizer for individuals with disabilities that might otherwise prevent them from full participation in school. Smart Boards make it dynamically easier for students to transition between class lessons and assignments.

Their use has increased social skills by delivering wider opportunities for reciprocal play, and reaching students with different learning styles (tactile, visual, and auditory). Students, through the use of Smart Boards, have demonstrated advancements in social learning (i.e. turn-taking) through classroom participation.

As Smart Boards become more ubiquitous in classrooms with neurotypical students, students with autism who have Smart Board experience find entering mainstream classrooms that much easier.

 

Posted 3/30/2017 12:50pm