Private schools get new toys |

Private schools get new toys

Two private schools in Park City will kick off the school year Aug. 25. Both schools have made adjustments that students can look forward to.

Park City Academy

New staff and a new playground will be in place to greet students on the first day of school at Park City Academy (PCA). The school is located at 3120 Pinebrook Rd. in the Snyderville Basin.

Melanie Pickens was hired by PCA to fill a newly created position as director of academic technology. Pickens explained that she will be helping teachers incorporate digital applications and "collaborative learning on a global scale" into their lessons. Pickens’ goal is to promote a 21st century learning environment at PCA.

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new playground will take place the first day of school. The playground will be located behind the school, farther from the road where the current playground is located. Also, Park City Academy has reconfigured classrooms in order to eliminate the need for portables.

PCA has moved its start time to 8:15 a.m. from 8:30 a.m. last year. For more information call 649-2791.

The Colby School

The Colby School received a grant this fall to install five SMART boards. SMART boards are interactive whiteboards that will help expand multimedia opportunities at the Colby School by, "taking kids out of the classroom, even when they’re still in the classroom," explained Colby School technology director Michelle Parker.

According to Parker, the whiteboards will allow students and teachers to display anything that can be displayed on a computer screen, and objects can be moved around and manipulated by hand in the same way that a mouse controls a computer screen. The SMART boards also have a built-in memory so that class lessons can be saved and revisited.

The school will install five SMART boards later this fall and hopes to put them in all their classrooms sometime in the future.

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