New facility and technology for Newport Elementary

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NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - It's a technologically advanced world we live in full of iphones, hand held video games and computers. It seems everyday something new comes out. Now, one region 8 school is incorporating technology in its lessons and starting with kids as young as five!

Newport Elementary kicked off the school year with a new facility and with that came new technology, which includes everything from smart boards to smart tables, designed to encourage learning!

Kindergarten students as at Newport Elementary are getting hands on with technology. "You can never start too young to get that mind set of technology," says kindergarten teacher Denise Haigwood.

Technology like the smart table. "In early childhood we know that children learn through play," says Haigwood. The interactive table allows children to learn science and math skills through games and puzzles. Teachers say when you make learning a game, kids are more likely to remember. And in a world evolving with new technology, introducing it at a young age will help them later in life.

"I'm so glad that they have the opportunity to get in on the ground level. a lot of our children don't have the opportunity to have a computer at home quite frankly, and we have computer labs, but this way we also have computers in the classroom," Haigwood says.

This smart technology isn't only useful for younger students. Sixth graders are using smart boards to actually work out geometry. So instead of handout, after handout the smart board helps bring the class room to life.

"It gives the kids the opportunity to come up here and manipulate some of the this around. Because they can have a little scalpel and scissors here and it tells them what to do," says sixth grade teacher Beverly London.

Newport Elementary Principal Allen Blair says their goal is to boost math and literacy test scores. There's a smart board in every second through sixth grade classroom, and while they only have 10 smart tables. They hope to eventually bring in more.

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