School system buys interactive gym wall games for elementaries

Vice Chairwoman Laura McLean works on a laptop at an Oak Ridge Board of Education meeting.

With a special projector, students at Oak Ridge’s elementary schools will play interactive games on their gym walls.

Oak Ridge Board of Education bought the technology, called Lü Interactive Playgrounds, with a set for each school. The full cost is $126,841.04 from Howard Technology Solutions.

Kelly Williams, executive director of teaching and learning, explained that this technology will allow for interactive learning games. These games, she told the Board of Education at a recent meeting, will involve students throwing balls at projected targets and teach multiplication, along with social and emotional learning, depending on the game.

Oak Ridge Board of Education member Erin Webb works at a laptop at a school board meeting.

Oak Ridge Board of Education member Erin Webb works at a laptop at a school board meeting.

The funding came from three grants. The Best for All Grant provided $80,000. Two other grants to pay for the equipment

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New York’s $2 billion bond act still funding education 8 years later

It’s the gift that keeps on giving and giving.

New York State on Wednesday approved funding for the investment plans of 45 school districts and two special education schools from part of the proceeds from the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014.

The Smart Schools Review Board approved $24.8 million of funding for projects that include upgrading classroom technology and connectivity and providing high-tech school security, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the funds will help ensure students have the tools and technology they need.

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“In an era of remote learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and as we increase our focus and vigilance on public safety, this state funding is more timely and critical than ever,” Hochul said in a statement. “These actions by the Smart Schools Review Board help ensure that students have the tools and technology they

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Google Tips and Tricks Every Student Should Know

Whether you’re a student in college (or earlier) or a lifelong learner, Google is an essential tool for learning. Here are a few tips for using Google search and other apps more effectively to further your education.

Many of these tips you’ve no doubt learned before from our previous Google coverage, but every worthwhile subject is worth reviewing now and again, and today we’re looking specifically at the best Google tricks for students. So here we go!

Quickly Find Exactly the Information You Need

Everyone knows how to “Google,” but not everyone Googles efficiently. This one-minute video from Hack College offers these three essential tips:

  1. Be Specific. Find pages within sites using site:[website URL] and your search phrase, find authors using author:[name], and type intitle:[word] to find a page with that word in the title.
  2. Format. Use filetype:[jpg or other extension] to find images and
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Meyer Sound Makes Science Education an Adventure at Denmark’s LIFE Campus

LIFE Campus was created to give young Danish students intensive engagement with a range of learning experiences in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Certainly, local field work and laboratory experiments are fundamental to scientific exploration, but LIFE Campus also has world-leading resources for giving students memorable learning adventures in 360-degree immersive environments created by cutting-edge digital technologies. The facility’s extensive AV systems and sophisticated control networks, designed and installed by the consulting and integration firm Stouenborg, include a total of more than sixty Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.

Located in Lyngby, adjacent to the Technical University of Denmark, LIFE Campus is operated by the non-profit LIFE Foundation and was founded with the mission of inspiring Danish school children to become fully engaged in their formative years with inquiry-based science education. The new 5,400-square-meter facility, opened in late 2021 by HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, is situated in an expansive natural

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