Case Study: Master's Academy Focuses on Classroom Technology

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A group of fourth-graders file into a classroom at Master's Academy and College, a private K-12 school in Calgary, Alberta, and power up their PCs for class. This is the music room, where each workstation has a desktop computer and a piano keyboard. At the front of the room is an interactive white board, the SMART Board. Since its inception, Master's Academy has been dedicated to helping students become lifelong learners and knowledge workers of the future. One of the ways it ensures this is by integrating advanced technology into every classroom. The 600 students at Master's Academy have access to 330 desktop computers, 50 laptops, a digital recording studio, 18 SMART Boards, a mobile multimedia cabinet, the school's network and a host of peripherals, including scanners, printers and digital cameras. This focus on technology has made them one of Western Canada's most technologically advanced schools.

As part of its high-tech strategy, Master's Academy wanted to integrate interactive white boards into its classrooms and settled on SMART Board. "We chose SMART Boards because they offered the range of interactive technology that we required," says Brent Hay, director of Technology and Innovation for Master's Academy. …

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