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North Tama shows off new high-tech toys

April 19, 2012
Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama Elementary teachers have been busy writing technology grants over the last year to get new technology into the school. The goal is to replace old overhead projectors with a digital visual presenter, called an ELMO, and an LCD projector.

The ELMO, working with an LCD projector, creates a visual tool that displays colorful, detailed images and real objects in a novel way, surpassing the outdated overhead projector.

The Tama County Community Foundation awarded two ELMOs to the North Tama Elementary, and the Traer Community Foundation awarded one system for the current school year.

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North Tama Elementary School has been blessed with some new technology, thanks to the Tama County Community Foundation and Traer Community Foundation. The school received a total of three new ELMO (digital visual presenter) systems that replace conventional overhead projectors and give a more realistic presentation of images that enhance learning and make it more beneficial to students. Left, third grade teacher Connie Courbat poses with her new ELMO, provided by the McElroy grant. Right, Amy Lidgett’s first grade class using the new Kindle Fires, which allow them to read entire books on one device.

Connie Courbat and Megan Smith received an ELMO from the McElroy Excellence in Education Enrichment Grant this past January. This technology has made an incredible difference in presenting lessons in a highly visual way. The students especially love to display their work to the whole class using this new equipment.

Amy Lidgett received roughly $1,000 through the McElroy Grant this past January to purchase four Kindle Fires to use in her math and reading classes in first grade. The students are really enjoying using the Kindles for math, fact and phonics applications, and reading Tumblebooks through the Traer Library.



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