Case Study

Wachusett Hills Christian School

Small budget but a big commitment to state-of-the-art technology

Wachusett Hills Christian School

Nestled in the rolling hills of rural Massachusetts, in a quiet township that traces its roots deep into the 18th century, the Wachusett Hills Christian School was founded 20 years ago to provide a church- based alternative to home-schooling and public school. Originally a home-schooling parent, Edie Conrad enrolled her children in WHCS a year after it was founded. Shortly afterward, she was invited to join the staff as teacher for Grades 1 to 4, and later as school principal.

After researching interactive whiteboards on the Internet, Edie recognized right away that eBeam’s flexible features and small-budget affordability made it the best choice for WHCS. “I was sold,” she said. She ordered eBeam systems for both classrooms and installed them without a hitch, connecting them to classroom laptop computers. Because the eBeam receiver could attach to any flat surface, Edie could forego buying a whiteboard for her classroom and use eBeam system right on the classroom wall.

Edie quickly learned how the eBeam system can enhance participation in the classroom. In oral language lessons, for example, she can make sentence diagramming come alive by drawing boxes around the sentence elements, then having the students come forward to drag and drop the boxes into their proper places in the diagram. In social studies, Edie imports maps from the internet and invites students to “color in” continents or geographical features using the eBeam stylus.

Wachusett Hills Christian School takes pride in its close, caring community and low student-teacher ratio. The school’s success with eBeam interactive whiteboard systems demonstrates how even a small, rural school can fulfill its commitment to educational excellence through the finest tools technology has to offer. With eBeam, the teachers at WHCS can offer innovative, creative and engaging classroom experiences that generate enthusiasm in their students for learning, for technology and for engaging our multi-dimensional world.