Bloomfield Township, MI – November 19, 2007 – Student learning is poised to make dramatic advancements in Bloomfield Hills Schools, now that the board of education has approved dynamic new interactive technology for its high school classrooms.
The Nov. 15 board action completes approval of a $2.1 million technology investment that will see, by Jan. 1, all 350 district classrooms outfitted with interactive whiteboards, projectors, document cameras, sound amplification and playback equipment. One powerful component is Activotes, which are wireless computer mouse-like student response devices that allow teachers to immediately adapt instruction.
High school students and faculty will begin using the new technology when they return from the December winter break. Elementary and middle school students are already benefiting from the Promethean boards, since classrooms were similarly equipped over the summer and fall.
Bloomfield Hills Schools will be the first district in Michigan to so-outfit all classrooms K-12 with the equipment, manufactured by Promethean. Estimates are that just a handful of districts in the nation are comparably enhanced.
“Teachers tell us that the impact of this technology is as dramatic as the introduction of personal computers into the classroom,” said Steven Gaynor, BHS superintendent. “Students in our elementary and middle schools who are already using this technology are highly engaged mentally, physically and emotionally. Our teachers are as excited as the kids, and are buzzing about the likely boost to student learning.”
About $500,000 of interactive equipment will be installed at Andover, Lahser and Model high schools, as well as Bowers Academy, the Bowers Farm classrooms and the Johnson Nature Center. The equipment at Andover and Lahser will be portable, so that it could be moved and reinstalled in the future if the aging high school buildings are renovated.
Bloomfield Hills Schools has provided professional development to teachers to aid their understanding and use of the systems. As with traditional lesson planning, teachers develop instruction in advance to best incorporate the technology into student learning.
Cindi Hopkins, director of technology, said that the whiteboards will make common classroom items like wall maps and televisions obsolete.
About Bloomfield Hills Schools
Bloomfield Hills Schools offers the academic, athletic, fine arts and co-curricular opportunities that inspire children, as well as the state’s very best faculty members who possess excellent academic credentials and a passion for teaching. In addition, students access many learning choices in a safe environment, including numerous high school Advanced Placement classes and Model High School and Bowers Academy; seven world languages, including Spanish in all elementary schools; customized instruction to challenge every student in the district; a comprehensive fine arts program; and a nature center, farm, and waterfront to enhance classroom experiences. Enrollment is open to residents, and to non-residents at competitive tuition rates. For more information, visit www.bloomfield.org.