CUMBERLAND COUNTY TEACHERS CAN BROADCAST LESSONS ACROSS ENTIRE DISTRICT
Math teacher Rachel Hendrickson has the capability to teach every algebra class in Cumberland County, N.C., high schools at the same time: All it takes is a SMART Board, laptop, webcam, and a computer program that allows teachers to interact with students anywhere in the district.SMART Bridgit, a conferencing software program, connects students with the class using a real-time video stream. The computer software is one way the school system is meeting the federal requirement to have a certified teacher in every classroom.Superintendent Frank Till Jr. said the challenge to meet the federal requirements led to discussions about expanding the use of Bridgit in schools."We are in an era where just the use of the standard textbook is not meeting the students' needs," he said. "We do not want to limit our students. Technology allows us to do more."The school system paid $6,000 for the software. The initiative began as a pilot program last year at South View Middle School. "It is dynamic instruction," said Ruben Reyes, executive director of exceptional children services. "It allows you to interact."