Everyone at Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy (Handsworth) works together with parents and children to create a happy and secure family environment. Their purpose is to educate children academically, spiritually, socially, physically and culturally. The school aims to develop their values, attitudes and skills so as to fit them to be responsible, generous, caring and co-operating citizens in school and in the community.
With their commitment to enhancing the learning experience for the children, Holy Trinity has been transforming education through the use of SMART boards and the award-winning SMART Learning Suite software.
Before SMART Technologies were introduced, the school had been using another smart board, whilst other classrooms had a whiteboard and overhead projector. Having decided they needed to upgrade their equipment, Arwinder Kaur, Bursar at the school decided to do some research to assess the available options.
“We consulted with our Account Manager from Link2ICT who had recommended the SMART option. I looked at alternative suppliers of interactive touchscreens and read a number of their reviews but was not very impressed. The other providers had cheaper boards, but I did not have the confidence to purchase from them as I value good quality, up-to-date products with smooth transition from purchase to installation which you get from a market leading supplier.”
“Our Account Manager arranged a demo of the SMART product at the school, so we could see for ourselves what the technology was capable of. Seeing the kit in action made a huge difference, we could see at first hand the clear screen, bright display, ease of use and we also got reassurances about reliability, durability, a longer life span, product guarantee and ongoing support. As well as the equipment itself, there is the enhanced experience through the SMART software which can be purchased with a site license. We were very impressed with the complete package, plus we were able to take advantage of a special offer from Link2ICT. With all things considered, it was an easy decision to go with the SMART option.”
“We purchased four SMART boards along with a site license for the Learning Suite of software. We wanted the teachers to use this solution to its full capacity and keep the children engaged during lessons. The range and power of the technology in the classroom has impressed us all, including the Headteacher.”
“The boards were installed along with the software setup without any fuss over the course of a day, even though two of the classrooms required a much longer cable to connect to the teacher’s computer; this was all resolved and provided at no extra cost. The whole process from start to finish was managed very efficiently by our Account Manager, who visited again after the installation to see the Reception children making great use of their new SMART board.”
Arwinder and the teaching staff are pleased with the boards, how the software is so simple to use and that no training was required. After being in use for a couple of months, here’s what their Headteacher, Paula Burns, had to say, “Having used SMART before, I was impressed to see the updates and new capabilities of the board. I like the multi-touch option and the interactive quizzes that could be used as a teaching aid. I also liked the SMART software and how it could be used to plan and deliver interactive, engaging sessions in the classroom."
Arwinder continues, “The boards are used in a wide variety of ways including PowerPoint displays, self-registration in Reception, watching videos, listening to music, online educational games, phonics, teachers can even use them to monitor reading and writing skills. All the teachers want to use the SMART boards as the children love how engaging the activities are, they are enthusiastic and motivated during lessons.”
“Unlike other boards, the SMART screens do not freeze, which means the pupils get an uninterrupted learning experience, and teachers can teach with confidence in the technology. The lessons flow much better on the SMART screens, there is more interaction from the children, keeping them engaged and focused. They are having fun and learning at the same time. One nursery teacher likes how the screen allows smaller fingers of the younger children to move things freely on their own, which is helped by a much better screen quality and therefore, providing a clearer picture for the class to see.”
“We are very pleased with our purchase of the SMART boards and the ongoing support from our Account Manager, we would definitely recommend this solution to other schools.”
Headteacher, Paula Burns also had this to say, "Sadly, as I am not in the classroom, I don't have the benefit of using the new SMART boards or software. However, I am aware of the power of this technology in the classroom. We have just had an open day where parents went into a Maths or English lesson in their child's class and they spoke very positively about the use of the SMART board and felt that it had a positive impact on the children's learning."
If you would like to transform your classroom lessons with the power of SMART technologies, contact your Account Manager for more information.