There is an interactive whiteboard in every classroom at Campus Elementary School in Streetsboro.
"It's pretty exciting," said Michael Daulbaugh, the school district's director of curriculum. He was principal at Campus last school year and spearheaded the project.
"The whiteboards really engage students in the lessons," he said. "Whenever you give students a link to technology, it turns the light on. It really enhances learning."
Steve Cain, the district's technology coordinator, said a whiteboard is "almost like a large touch screen for a computer."
Cain said each whiteboard costs about $1,300. Including the projector and cable, the total cost for one is about $2,000.
Daulbaugh said the whiteboards have plenty of uses.
"In math class, students move objects around on the whiteboard to create problems to solve," he said. "They can see the problems and answer them."
He said Time Warner Cable programs can be projected onto the whiteboards.
"Teachers can take attendance and figure out which students get hot lunches or sack lunches," he said. "Teachers can use them to fill out student assignments and for the day-to-day management items in the classes."
"I made it a priority that we were going to put one in every classroom," Daulbaugh said.
All projectors and most of whiteboards were purchased through fundraisers, he said, and a small portion came from district technology funds.
"Without the support of parents and the community, this would never have been possible," he said. "The students and parents did an outstanding job. A lot of credit goes to our community."
Daulbaugh said whiteboards and SMART boards are basically the same thing.
"We utilize SMART boards, which is the name of the company," he said. "They are the best whiteboards on the market."
Maureen Haska, the district's instructional technology specialist, said she believes the entire curriculum will be moving toward more technology.
"Technology is the wave of the future," she said. "We're trying to make sure our students are well prepared for college and the workplace.
"Technology helps students to work together better," Haska said. "We're doing our students a serious disservice if we're not using technology.
"The biggest challenge is to figure out what students already know, then what they need to know and how to get them there. Technology is helping us to be more individualized," Haska said.