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ORAU Grant Funds SMART Board for Halls High School

April 5, 2004

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Angela Holbert, head of the math department for Halls High School, recently announced that the Volunteers in Education Team (VET) of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has awarded a grant of $2,500 to purchase a SMART Board and associated equipment for the mathematics department.

Knox County Schools Mathematics Department has agreed to match the grant by supplying a second SMART Board to the school, and Don Graham, Halls High principal, said, "HHS will also match the grant from ORAU by using our Better Education Program monies." This means that the Halls Math Department will have a total of three SMART Boards and equipment for teachers to use in the classroom.

ORAU VET Chair Alex Boerner said, "We are very pleased to assist Halls High School in advancing their quality math program. We were especially pleased to see that the ORAU donation of the interactive SMART Board spurred matching donations of two additional SMART Boards."

At Halls, math class handouts are written using Microsoft Office applications, such as Word and PowerPoint. The SMART Board will allow the teachers to display the work and have students better interact with the material. The math department will not have to change any of their current applications to immediately integrate the SMART Board technology into their lessons.

Halls math teachers also use computers to access several interactive Internet sites for reference and class instruction. "The SMART Board will allow us to use the interactive sites for demonstration and student work. In the past, all students needed computers to do the interactive work; what is important about the SMART Board is that it allows students to be interactive using a single computer attached to the SMART Board. The material and pace of the class is better controlled using the SMART Board," Holbert said.

Halls has one of the best high school math departments in the county, and this new technology will only add to the school's capabilities.

Principal Graham said, "The SMART Board will also be used for parent and community meetings and workshops held at Halls High School. This is a wonderful gift for the students from ORAU/VET and Knox County Schools." Other applications for the SMART Board will be developed as the equipment arrives and is integrated into the curriculum.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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