Case Study

Park Hills Elementary

Lesson Engagement for Present and Absent Students

Park Hills Elementary

Erik Wittmer’s is a 5th grade class teacher at Park Hills Elementary. Keeping students focused is a challenge with which Wittmer is intimately acquainted. The challenge is compounded with students raised in the age of cell phones, email and other interactive technology. In many cases, the “stand and lecture” method just isn’t very efficient for encouraging students to actively think about lesson material.

With the eBeam system, Wittmer is able to annotate his presentations, pull in media files from Discovery Streaming online and incorporate content from the eBeam image gallery. Wittmer also uses the eBeam system to record and save presentations, which he can send to students who are out sick, allowing him to keep the students on top of the curriculum. “Some things, if you miss it, you’re lost,” says Wittmer, who saves his lessons as WMV files and posts them to his class Moodle for absent students to view at a later date.

Wittmer’s use of his eBeam system isn’t limited to the classroom. He also uses his eBeam Complete in all of the presentations he makes, including those at local, district and state level conferences. “You almost feel naked without it,” he admits. “You become so reliant on it, it becomes second nature!” Although he is the only teacher in his school to have eBeam interactive technology, his enthusiasm for it, has sparked many of his colleagues to request more interactive whiteboard technology in the district.