Cathy McCune – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Cathy McCune – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Biography

Our principal first saw the E-beam technology and brought the idea back to the high school. The E-Beam software application has allowed the technology department to transform a simple piece of whiteboard material into an interactive workstation for students. The white board is secured on a square table beneath a projector in our Next Generation Classroom. The E-Beam is mounted in one of the corners of the whiteboard making it an interactive piece of equipment. Students working individually or in groups can conduct research, complete virtual labs, observe videos, or create their own documents and presentations. It allows students that are working in a group-setting to have their ideas captured and saved for further
meeting dates. The permanent installation of the eBeam was a project all of its own. Since we already had a Mondo Board in the 21st century classroom, we chose to use the previously installed projector in the classroom as part of our eBeam setup. The Technology Education teacherand his class redesigned the mounting hardware for the projector to enable it to point downward. Then, they built a table with a new formica top to display the image. Now students can sit around the interactive table, collaborate, and save their progress electronically.