As the result of a technology grant Ms. Varela-Katz pursued, many of the classrooms at Victory School have been able to upgrade from chalkboards or whiteboards to Smartboards! The third grade Italian class had named the smart board, “La Lavagna Intelligente,” which is a direct translation of “The smart board.”
On Thursday 15th, Victory School was excited to welcome a special visitor, Roberto Pennazzato – the Director of Education from Chicago’s Consulate General of Italy – along with other administrative staff from our school district! Our class ambassador welcomed Signore Pennazzato to our classroom and gave him a quick tour of the room, during which he informed us that a smart board is actually called Una Lavagna Interattiva Multimediale or LIM for short. Roughly translated, LIM stands for an interactive multimedia board. We were happy to have Signore Pennazzato to help us keep on the cutting edge of high-tech Italian terminology – GRAZIE! We now call the smart board, the “LIM.”
Check out the video below, which shows a student in action using the LIM for a quick Reading/English Language Arts review of antonyms. You can witness IMMEDIATELY how engaging the LIM is for the students.
We are attempting to grasp all of the capabilities of the LIM and working to incorporate its use into all subjects! E’ molto “cool!”