U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hamilton, a 35th Force Support Squadron instructor, returns to previous notes using a SMART Board purchased with squadron innovation funds during an Airman Leadership School class at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 25, 2019. The SMART Boards replaced overhead projectors and whiteboards, allowing students to access digital notes from previous classes and better retain the course material. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hamilton, a 35th Force Support Squadron instructor, returns to previous notes using a SMART Board purchased with squadron innovation funds during an Airman Leadership School class at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 25, 2019. The SMART Boards replaced overhead projectors and whiteboards, allowing students to access digital notes from previous classes and better retain the course material. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Misawa's Airman Leadership School innovates SMART-ly

by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 35th Force Support Squadron is now using new SMART Boards purchased with innovation funds for Airman Leadership School at Misawa Air Base, Japan.

SMART Boards, developed by SMART technologies as an interactive whiteboard with a touch screen, were first introduced in 1991. They’re a sophisticated replacement for traditional overhead projectors.

“Our classes were in the stone age with the equipment used in the past,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hamilton, a 35th Force Support Squadron ALS instructor. “Teachers used marker boards, projectors and projection screens. Notes for students were written on whiteboards, but now with its digital format, can be saved and distributed to students.”

The boards are like giant tablets and can be connected to computers wirelessly or through cables.

Students enjoyed the new equipment and expressed appreciation for better access to old notes, claimed Hamilton.

“The new board has been a great innovation purchase for the classroom because our instructors can show us graphs and pictures,” said Senior Airman Dylan Sheneman, a 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management journeyman. “I’m a visual learner so being able to perceive those pictures and graphs helps me learn the curriculum.”

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