Educator at Atlanta Aspergers School Cumberland Academy of Georgia Recognized as SMART amp™ Champ for Use of Technology in the Classroom

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An educator at Atlanta Aspergers school Cumberland Academy of Georgia was recently awarded the title SMART amp™ Champ for her incorporation of SMART amp™ technology in the classroom to foster collaborative learning with mobile devices.

The students love being able to use electronic devices to work together on projects, and it allows me to observe them and gain valuable insight to how they are learning and performing

Elementary school coordinator and fourth and fifth grade teacher Staci K. Gelbaum of Cumberland Academy of Georgia, private school for Aspergers in Atlanta, has been incorporating SMART amp™ technology in the classroom for over three months. Recently, Gelbaum was recognized as a SMART Exemplary Educator and SMART amp™ Champ, a prestigious title awarded to only eleven educators in the country. This innovative technology is a cloud-based platform that allows students to collaborate on projects, encouraging teamwork while allowing teachers to monitor student activity and gain insight into student learning. Utilizing laptops and tablets, the SMART amp™ program provides children with new ways to participate individually and collaboratively, whether in the classroom or remotely, making learning more interactive, engaging and entertaining.

As a SMART amp Champ™, Gelbaum was invited to attend a two-day on-boarding session at SMART’s United States headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The conference aimed to strengthen understanding of the SMART amp™ program through peer-led discussions and sharing of best practices. Gelbaum is now qualified to help other educators use the SMART amp™ Champ technology to create collaborative classrooms with their students.

“The SMART amp™ technology has been an exciting addition to my classroom,” said Gelbaum. “The students love being able to use electronic devices to work together on projects, and it allows me to observe them and gain valuable insight to how they are learning and performing.”

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia:
Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org.

About SMART Solutions for Education:
Nearly 70 million teachers and students around the world use SMART solutions for education to make learning more interactive, engaging, effective and fun. A consistent innovator and the inventor of the SMART Board®, SMART’s education software includes the revolutionary SMART amp™ and the world’s most popular collaborative learning software, SMART Notebook®. With a full range of interactive displays, including flat panels, projectors, whiteboards and the SMART kapp™ digital capture board, SMART helps educators achieve better learning outcomes. To learn more, visit smarttech.com/education.

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