- Lake Stevens School District
Interactive Boxlight displays installed in classrooms to replace aging technology
A Mt. Pilchuck Elementary student uses a Boxlight interactive display board to select a fun activity for her class. The touchscreen board is on an electronic height adjustable mount to make the board accessible for all students.
A Highland Elementary School kindergarten student shows how he's feeling as part of his morning check in routine in Amber Taylor's class. Students use the pointer to drag their name to the emoji that corresponds to how they are feeling that day.
Video: Watch Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School students in Mrs. Wyant’s Life Skills class use the Boxlight to complete a fun number identification activity!
The students in Shannon Wyant's class at Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School sit in a half circle, around a large screen at the front of their classroom. Their excitement is contagious as they wait for their teacher to queue up an activity. They start by identifying numbers and repeating letter sounds before boarding a virtual roller coaster, and finally listening to a beloved Pete the Cat book. What appears to be a simple screen is actually a new Boxlight interactive display on an electronic height adjustable mount to make the board accessible for all students. Accessibility is especially important in Mrs. Wyant's class, which serves students in the district's special education Life Skills program. The Boxlight display has touchscreen technology, and can be maneuvered to accommodate all students.
"My students love using the Boxlight and have really enjoyed the educational apps and learning games I've introduced," said Wyant. "This new technology helps to provide an equitable learning experience for my students, which is incredibly important."
Since last school year, 40 Boxlights have been installed in classrooms throughout the district to replace aging projectors and digital whiteboards. The displays were purchased with funds from the district's Technology Levy, which was renewed by voters in 2022. Future plans include a second phase of the project to replace aging projectors with Boxlight panels in all elementary and middle level classrooms, and eventually at Lake Stevens High School, where new classroom technology was recently installed as part of the modernization project.
In addition to the touchscreen capabilities, the displays offer crisp graphics and amplified audio for classrooms without distributed audio systems. Teachers received training on the display and its functionality, and can participate in advanced training throughout the year to explore additional features.
"The Boxlight is fairly easy to use," said Amber Taylor, a kindergarten teacher at Highland Elementary School. "The clarity and resolution are much more clear than my document camera. My kindergarteners have grown up with technology, so the touchscreen capabilities are second nature for them."
Taylor's students use the Boxlight for their daily class check in activity. Students find their name and use a pointer to drag it to a face emoji that represents how they are feeling. This quick and easy activity helps Taylor know which students may need some additional support that day—and it's a fun way for students to express themselves.