By CRAIG FREILICH
NORWOOD -- The big project at Norwood-Norfolk Central School in 2010-11 is integrating new technology into instruction, according to Superintendent Elizabeth Kirnie.
The big push this year, by faculty and students, is putting new classroom whiteboards to use.
“It will be a year of integrating technology with instruction,” Kirnie says. “We’re installing interactive whiteboards and computer peripherals in every classroom. We have teamed up with Brasher Falls for training through BOCES.”
Kirnie believes the new whiteboards, replacing old chalkboards and overhead projectors, will improve “student engagement. We will be bringing instruction to the community where students live.
“Kids now are ‘digital natives,’ with cell phones, PDAs, and they are very much engaged in electronic media. So there will be less ‘stand and deliver’ and more engaging opportunities for students.
“They will be able to manipulate the board from their desks. They can click or text and answer that appears on the whiteboard.”
Meanwhile, Kirnie says unlike some other districts, Norwood-Norfolk did not have to lay off anyone, “so it’s back to business as usual.” She says enrollment remains steady, with just over 1,000 students this year.
“The Universal Pre-K program is full, and there’s healthy enrollment in kindergarten.”
Kirnie also notes the new above-ground fuel tanks on the grounds. “If you drive by you’ll see a very large white canopy near the bus garage. We’re making a new fuel island and digging up the in-ground tanks, so there will be no more worries about underground fuel leaks.”