Kindergarten student Susannah Alcantor was focused as she stood in front of the Promethean board what was recently installed in the Dana Cyr’s classroom in Brownwood’s Northwest Elementary School.
    About the size of a projection screen, a Promethean boars is a highly interactive board that works with a projector and computer to put up lessons and problems on an enormous variety of topics. Susannah expertly touched and poked words and pictures on the board, which responded with beeps, clangs and other sound effects.
    A few feet away, student teacher Sharon Wolverton worked the computer, guiding Susannah through a lesson on nouns and verbs. Wolverton is a student teacher who is a senior elementary education major at Howard Payne University, computer
    “One more noun … that’s a verb … OK, there’s one more noun,” Wolverton called out as Susannah worked at the board, glancing over and smiling at Wolverton every few seconds.
     According to the website
    A Promethean board is a type of "smart" white board that has a high level of interactivity. Images from a computer are displayed on the board, and a set of digital pens and erasers allow the student to digitally "draw" on the projected image.
     This makes for an instant brainstorming tool and highly effective method of delivering lectures and presentations, the website states.
    Promethean boards were installed in previous years in some Brownwood classrooms, but the district has recently upgraded the boards and intends to have them installed in every classroom through the sixth grade, executive director of community relations Priscilla Monson said.
    “It’s a terrific tool,” Monson said. “It really brings in technology in such a fascinating way.” She said the boards draw students’ interest and fascinate them.
    In the kindergarten class, Wolverton said, students use the board during “extensions” time. “We call it ‘free time’ but they’re actually learning,” she said. “They really like this board.
    “With kindergarten, you have to constantly give them stuff. It’s very interactive. The kids use it every day.”
    Wolverton said Susannah had just used the Promethean board for a Spanish lesson.
    Two other students, Sawyer Finch and Anias McGlothin, learned about the human ear during a session on the board.
    “Promethean boards are expensive but they are so beneficial to the classroom,” Wolverton said. “Our world is getting more technology based by the minute. (Students) need to know how to work it. They need to know how to use their resources, and a Promethean board is a huge way they can do that.
    “They can do research. They can do match games. One of my favorite things we do is Story Online, where actors read to us. The kids love that.”
    Wolverton, who is from DeSoto, said her background as a student with dyslexia prompted her to want to become a teacher. “It was really hard for me, but I had amazing teachers,” she said.
    “They pushed me to do my best. When I got frustrated, they said ‘take a break, but you’re not giving up.”
    Wolverton said dyslexia isn’t curable but “you just learn to live with it.” She said she loves to read. Wolverton said said she wants to help students who have disabilities and students “who just think differently.”