Child’s Voice has added SMART Board technology to five of its classrooms through the help of community supporters. The Program continues to seek support for its SMART Board Project to install this exciting technology into each classroom.
A SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that functions as a touch screen, allowing students and teachers to manipulate and move images, words, or graphics on the screen with the touch of a hand. It also allows for projection of video or audio files. Teachers are able to take typical lessons and creative interactive, unique experiences.
“My students and I love using our SMART Board! Having a SMART Board in the classroom gives me, as a teacher, the flexibility to include different forms of media – photos, illustrations, games and videos,” shared Kathy Knudsen, Child’s Voice Teacher. “The interactive whiteboard has been beneficial for all types of learners, including auditory learners, visual learners, and kinesthetic (or tactile) learners because I’m able to design a lesson that addresses all of their learning needs. It has also been a great way to help my students stay on task because it allows my students to move around and interact with lessons more.”
Child’s Voice helps children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak. Students wear hearing aids and/or cochlear implants and programs use a child-focused, research-based curriculum, all with the end goal of transitioning graduates back to their neighborhood schools. This year, Child’s Voice has supported nearly 400 children and their families. Students range in age from just a few days old through the age of 8.
“This incredible technology is already in place in many school districts, by introducing it to our students, we are able to better prepare them for their transition back to their local schools,” shared Wendy Adler, Principal of the School Program at Child’s Voice. “For students at Child’s Voice, learning across multiple methods is critical to their success. These Boards are exciting and offer learning in a multi-faceted approach. As our students focus on developing language skills and increasing their vocabulary, they can use technology to aid them in this process. We are so grateful to the many supporters that are making this possible. We cannot wait to install Boards in the last four classes!”
Through generous support, Child’s Voice has installed five SMART Boards. The effort continues to raise over $16,000 to finish the project and install the last four Boards. If you are interested in donating to this, please visit: www.childsvoicesho.wpengine.com for more information.
A list of Clubs and individuals that have supported the SMART Board project is available on the Web site.
Thank you to the generous supports of the Child’s Voice SMART Board Project!
Barrington Junior Women’s Club
Bartlett Lions Club
Child’s Voice Class of 2017
Child’s Voice Class of 2018
Darien Lions Club
Dundee Township Lions Club
Itasca Lions Club
Kiwanis Club of Glenview – Northbrook
Kiwanis Club of Streamwood
Lions Club of Oakbrook Terrace
Lisle Lions Club
Midwest Business Brokers & Intermediaries Association
Mt. Prospect Lions Club
Naperville Noon Lions Club
Rotary Club of Fox Valley Sunset
Rotary Club of Schaumburg – Hoffman Estates (PM)
Rotary Club of Villa Park
Sam’s Club #6358 – Northlake
Sam’s Club #6487 – Addison
Villa Park Lions Club, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brady
The Bousum Family
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Cabay
Mr. and Mrs. John Demler
Dr. JoAnn Gruca
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Knopoff
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schroeder
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sutfin
Dr. Michele & Mr. Chuck Wilkins
Contributions listed were made between December 2016 – October 2018.