Hyannis, MA – August 26, 2010 – The largest school in Kentucky opened its doors for the first time on August 3 to an eager crowd of over 1,200 students and staff. The uniquely-designed complex is home to both the South Warren Middle and High School and is dedicated to providing a supportive learning environment to ensure 21st century learning for all of its students.
South Warren has a number of impressive features that make it a model school. One example is the media center which was designed to resemble the most modern of bookstores. It includes comfortable places to study under windows that flood the space with natural light.
The technology throughout the school is exceptional. When it came time to outfit the classrooms, Warren County Superintendent, Tim Murley, wanted the latest and greatest technology available. After evaluating the top three technology solutions on the market, CIO Robert Forsythe, selected RM Education. “We believe that having the right technology in the classroom is the key to getting our students engaged and inspired to learn.” says Fortsythe “We chose RM because they understand the importance of creating a student-centered learning environment.”
Partnering with RM, South Warren has created functional 21st century interactive learning environments in every classroom. RM Easiteach, the award-winning family of dynamic software tools, was chosen as the school’s primary interactive whiteboard software. Easiteach allows teachers to easily create and present teaching and learning resources that incorporate text, clipart, animations, video, Flash files, hyperlinks, databases, and spreadsheets. It empowers users to create personalized lessons and resources from scratch, as well as access a library of content—customizable to suit their needs.
To effectively integrate Easiteach throughout the school, RM’s professional development team worked closely with South Warren staff, providing information and training. Eddy Bushelman, South Warren Middle School Principal, said that he is impressed with RM Easiteach. “Adopting products like RM Easiteach throughout the schools demonstrates our commitment to preparing all students for a future in a technology-enabled world.”
With its virtually indestructible ceramic steel surface, the eno Interactive Whiteboard by Polyvision was chosen as the hub of the classroom. South Warren High School Principal, Terry Cook, said that he is impressed with the Eno Whiteboard. “Our teachers have really enjoyed the training and have quickly adopted the software because it gives them all the tools they need to get the most from their new interactive classrooms.” says Cook, “All the pieces are in place to provide a positive teaching and learning environment for everyone at South Warren High School.”
Each classroom will also feature a top-of-the-line, 3D-ready Optoma projector, offering a more dynamic learning experience over standard projectors, as well as a Lumens DC-210 Document Camera. Students at South Warren will also be able to hear their teachers better. Each classroom has been outfitted with a Calypso Wireless Microphone. Classroom voice amplification has been revolutionizing K-12 education and there is growing evidence that lightweight, wireless teacher microphones create more efficient classrooms, more motivated and engaged students, and ultimately increase student performance.
With the start of the school year behind them, South Warren’s principals are looking ahead and are excited about the opportunities the new campus brings and the new technology that will assist their teachers in meeting their technology plan goals. “We are committed to reaching today’s students with tools and resources that are current, relevant and engaging,” says Cook “Our goal is to give students the skills necessary to prepare them for life in the 21st century.”
About South Warren Middle and High School:
The 330,000-square-foot school is the largest school building in the state. The entire facility sits on 88 acres and carries a $68 million price tag for the building, greenhouse and athletic fields/buildings. South Warren has gained national recognition for becoming the largest building constructed of insulated concrete forms in the country. The school is expected to house up to 2,000 students in years to come and is one of four high schools in the Warren County School system located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Each year, Warren County is among the top-performing school districts in Kentucky and ranks among the top 15 percent of all Kentucky districts. In addition, Warren County is one of only 11 Kentucky school districts identified by Standard & Poor’s Evaluation Services for narrowing achievement gaps among student groups while also improving each group’s performance.
About RM: Founded in 1973, in Oxford, England, RM is a worldwide leader in development of outstanding educational tools, technologies and services that engage students and inspire learning. RM is one of world’s largest and most respected suppliers of technology-based curriculum products for education, supplying thousands of schools in six different countries including the United States. RM Education is the United States division of RM and is located in Hyannis, Massachusetts.