Local high school receives new SMART Board

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - At St. Patrick's Catholic Schools the music classes are producing mini conductors and songwriters. These elementary school kids are learning new music notes and creating a song that's all their own, with the help of a new SMART Board.

Taina Ward, a vocal music teacher at St. Patrick's, uses the SMART Board to teacher a class of third graders about different music notes. (Source: Erika Siebring, KNOP TV).

"The SMART Board's provided me a new way to teach the kids and the kids a new way to learn," said Taina Ward, a K through 12 vocal music teacher.

The high school purchased the board over the summer after receiving a $2,000 grant administered by the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation. The board's software allows students to have a hands-on learning experience.

"Teaching form, marking in their music, the kids can follow along easier, there's just a million things we can use it for in the music classroom," Ward said.

Whether it be playing musical games or exploring instruments from other countries and cultures, this new addition has received positive feedback from students.

"I like that we don't have to have a lot of parts to hook the computer up to the TV, and that we can just do it with one simple cord," said Kaelyn Brandt, a fifth grader at St. Patrick's.

Ben Heirigs, a fellow fifth grader, said he liked using the board as well.

"Playing music chairs, and that you can draw on it, and that it's easier to do stuff on," Heirigs said.

Ward said the kids enjoy using the board and are more engaged in the overall learning experience. The music class SMART Board is available for all K-12 students.