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02.22.2013

Woodland Academy using new technology to engage students

CLEVELAND – Teachers at Woodland Academy are bringing classroom lessons to life with the new Epson Projector and Oscar cart. The new technology enables teachers to transform floors and tables into an interactive whiteboard.

“We received the Epson Projector and Oscar cart about two weeks ago,” said Gretchen Beasley, administrator of Woodland Academy. “It is designed to show an image downward on any surface, such as on a table or floor. Students then can interact with the image -- they can write on it, manipulate it, highlight it, etc.”

The projector and cart give teachers the opportunity to create more collaborative and engaging lessons, while also helping students who normally have difficulty interacting a chance to become involved.

“First impressions of the Epson Projector and Oscar cart are exciting,” Beasley said. “The instant feedback given to both students and teachers allows for changes in instruction to occur at a moment’s notice. The students are highly engaged in the lessons, and we know this will translate into an increase in learning and retention.”

Currently, the projector and cart are being used every couple days and are shared among the kindergarten through second-grade classes.

Brenda Harper, Regional Manager of White Hat Management, said Woodland is the only Academy to have the device. She said the plan is to move forward with Broadway Academy next and then to look at what devices can be purchased for additional schools.

“These tools will assist us as we continue to support students in developing 21st century learning and thinking skills,” Harper said.

Woodland Academy is a tuition-free community school that provides a safe, disciplined and nurturing learning environment for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Currently, there are 14 academies throughout Ohio -- in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Youngstown. The Academies are a haven for parents caught between frustration with traditional public schools and the expense of private schools.
For more information about Woodland Academy, visit www.hope-academies.com.

If you’re interested in learning more about Woodland Academy and would like to interview Maggie Ford, chief academic officer at White Hat Management, call 330-535-6868 or email Maggie.ford@whitehatmgmt.com.

About the Academies:
Woodland Academy
10615 Lamontier Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44104
216-721-6909

The Academies are tuition-free community schools in Ohio providing a safe, disciplined and nurturing learning environment for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Currently, there are 14 academies throughout Ohio -- in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Youngstown. The Academies are a haven for parents caught between frustration with traditional public schools and the expense of private schools. When a child comes to The Academies, he or she enters a safe, clean, positive and caring environment built on respect. The Academies are committed to helping parents and children overcome obstacles so students can reach their full academic potential. For more information about The Academies, visit www.hope-academies.com.

About White Hat Management
White Hat Management contracts and assists nonprofit corporations that hold charters or see a need for a charter school in their community. White Hat Management operates 33 schools in three states under the auspices of two separate educational ventures. The Academies are tuition-free and are open to students in grades K-8 throughout the state of Ohio. Life Skills Centers are alternative education charter schools serving students between the ages of 16 and 21 in Ohio, Colorado and Arizona.

121 S. Main St.
Suite 200
Akron, OH 44308
800-493-8680