Morinville Public Elementary School students get a bus full of tech

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A MPES student works on the Promethean ActivBoard using the Activpen to look at the x-ray of a fish on the examining table to determine if it is a vertebrate or invertebrate. The Promethean Activ Classroom in Motion, a 36-foot mobile technology enabled education experience on wheels, arrived in Morinville Thursday morning for a day of learning and hands on experience for the students and staff at MPES. – Lucie Roy Photo

mpes2-webBy Lucie Roy

Morinville – The Promethean Activ Classroom in Motion, a 36-foot mobile technology enabled education experience on wheels, arrived in Morinville Thursday morning for a day of learning and hands-on experience for the students and staff at Morinville Public Elementary School (MPES).

The multi-screen technology used in classrooms at MPES was introduced in 2012 and Promethean’s ActivTable was named Highly Commended Digital Device at the 15th annual Bett Awards held January 2013 in London, England.

Sherine Mani Promethean Experimental Marketing Manager for the company demonstrated for staff and students some of the pre-loaded activities on the ActivTable, including the Heroes of Space and Invention, Space Discovery Timeline, the Music Maker, Jigsaw puzzles and sentence structures.

Students participated in numerous activities on the electronic learning equipment. The Grade 2 class had a short lesson on vertebrate and non-vertebrate animals. By touching the screen with the pen, they could pull up the picture of the animal and the x-ray icon allowed them to see the bones of the animal.

The technology allows students a new kind of learning. It is hands-on experience in 3-D. They can dissect a frog and never get dirty, pick a petal from a flower or look into the human body.

Above right: Morinville Public Elementary School teacher Amanda Marghella receives instruction on the Promethean ActivTable Thursday morning. – Lucie Roy Photo

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