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Grant buys new classroom technology for Maple Valley

 

Tuesday, 01 April 2008


Tony Huseby of Edutech demonstrates various functions of SmartBoard technology to a group of teachers at Oriska Elementary School.  (Sheila Anderson/VCTR)

By Sheila Anderson
Valley City Times-Record

Maple Valley educators are learning a new instructional delivery method thanks to a classroom transformation grant. 
Maple Valley Schools received a grant from the North Dakota Educational Technology Council. The school will use the grant funds to purchase nine interactive whiteboards, called SmartBoards, and data projectors.
“We will install three new SmartBoards in each school,” said Pat Johnson, elementary school principal.
Maple Valley Schools include elementary schools in Buffalo and Oriska, and grades 7-12 at Maple Valley School in Tower City. 
Each school in the Maple Valley District currently has one SmartBoard. Through the use of  SmartBoards, educators are able to access web resources, show video clips and show presentations. 
SmartBoards allow educators to greatly increase technology use in their classrooms.  SmartBoards differ from traditional chalkboards because of their highly interactive nature. They are not only a medium for presenting information, but also a link to applications on computers. Boards are even equipped with keyboards.
Johnson said the district learned of the grant on the EduTech web site. The school board has allotted funding to a technology fund, which allowed the district to come up with the necessary matching funds.A professional development class for educators was held at Oriska Elementary School on Monday, March 31.

For full story, see Tuesday's edition of the Valley City Times-Record.

 

Valley City’s other international business

 

Tuesday, 01 April 2008

 Harpist Shirley Starke of rural Valley City settles in with the harp at St. Catherine Catholic Church. (Steve Browne/VCTR)

By Steve Browne
Valley City Times-Record

Most people know Valley City hosts one business that sells agricultural equipment to Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, but how many know that there is another based in our town that has customers from all 50 states and as far away as Thailand?
    Shirley Starke is the owner of Valkyrie Publications, which sells sheet music for the harp. Her company specializes in traditional Irish music, Christian hymns, and her own original compositions inspired by the works of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Andrew Lang and George MacDonald.
    Starke began the study of harp in 1980, after learning piano and guitar.

For full story, see Tuesday's edition of the Valley City Times-Record. 

 

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