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Citizens Bank helps provide learning tools at Taylor County Middle School

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By The Staff

Taylor County Middle School has received a $10,000 donation from Citizens Bank of Campbellsville and a $10,000 Universal Design for Learning Grant from the University of Louisville.

These funds will be used to purchase new technologies for TCMS classrooms, according to Linda Beal, district technology coordinator.

These technologies will include Dukane LCD projectors and Dukane sound systems mounted in the ceiling, interactive whiteboards and student interactive response systems.

TCMS has four Promethean Activboard classroom systems that are used each hour of the instructional day. Two new Promethean Activboard classroom systems will be purchased with these new funds.

The Taylor County School District began investing in the Promethean products in fall 2005. The Promethean System allows teachers and students to literally interact with the instructional material.

The Promethean Classroom System is connected to a computer and projector that allow the students and teachers to access the Internet in front of the whole class to illustrate a lesson, to play video clips of science experiments, to measure angles with a virtual protractor, or to find maps that show exactly where a battle took place for a history class.

The Promethean System allows students and teachers to receive immediate feedback to the material being taught by providing students with a "clicker" that allows them to answer questions and immediately receive feedback. This tool for learning is engaging and exciting for the students, Beal said.