Success stories from abroad: Transforming learning for students in Spain
This spring, Magisterio – a leading Spanish education magazine – ran two articles highlighting how SMART education solutions are being used to engage all learners, including those with special needs. Yolanda Varona, Principal, Ángel Rivière public special education school in Zaragoza, Spain, highlighted how SMART Board interactive whiteboards and recently acquired SMART Table interactive learning centers have opened up a world of possibilities for her students.
Educators at the school have been using SMART Board interactive whiteboards for the past four years. For Varona, the interactive whiteboard is a “motivational and innovative resource” that offers a fun and useful way to communicate, enabling “increased autonomy and independence” for all her students. Its highly visual and intuitive interface makes it easy for any and all students to use.
Recently, Ángel Rivière school added SMART Table interactive learning centers to classrooms. Varona has been amazed by the freedom, accessibility and collaborative possibilities they offer. “Generally, in special education, work is done on a one-to-one basis, adapting each lesson to the individual student, but working in a group is also critical,” says Varona. “The SMART Table allows various students to interact and learn together, thus benefiting and enhancing peer learning and education.”
Varona also points out that both the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and SMART Table have proven particularly useful for students who need support for their motor skills. Rather than being forced to rely on someone else to help them operate a mouse or keyboard, these students can engage directly with content.
Educators are not the only ones at the school who have noticed the transformative power of our products – parents have also welcomed SMART solutions, recognizing the many possibilities for communication, socialization, learning and development that they bring to their children’s education.
Adding SMART Table interactive learning centers to classrooms is just one of the steps educators at Ángel Rivière are taking toward creating truly interactive learning spaces that effectively support the diverse needs of students. “The SMART Table has become an attractive resource that provides a meaningful, fun and, above all, motivating way to learn”, says Varona. “It allows us to give an appropriate educational response to meet the needs of our students.”