PowerUser Program Overview
The PowerUser program was originally designed not only to train teachers to use the software needed for SMART board use but also to allow teachers the opportunity to see how the software can be used with their students in the classroom setting. In addition to using the software, teachers show they can integrate it into their curriculum for student use. SMART board installation is now completed through the Long Range Facilities Plan.
Under the Long Range Facilities Plan, a SMART interactive whiteboard will be installed by the District in each classroom to ensure that all students have access to this technology. This unit when combined with the attached computer serves as a media center for viewing videos, DVDs, PowerMediaPlus streaming videos, and cable television. In addition, each board will be accompanied by a full classroom sound system. With an implementation of this size, training and staff development becomes imperative. As a teacher in the Duluth Public Schools, you will have several options available to you over the next five years.
In the fall of each school's "new" opening, the Technology Department will schedule a brief training session in each building to show staff how to use media center / sound system equipment. Personnel will then be available as you try the system out yourself.
If you are PowerUser certified, you will be able to:
If you are not PowerUser certified, you will be able to:
If you have not already done so, you are strongly encouraged to become PowerUser certified, as it provides many benefits that non-PowersUsers will not have: