I sort of doubt kids are taking notes in KG. But I'm still shocked at the prevalence of these "smart boards" which I had never heard of.
Let me tell you, in our school, I have never seen one. I suspect the overwhelming response here is either because people with smart boards are the ones reading the thread or because the MDC community is well above average in terms of income levels and therefore the kids here mostly attend schools in well-off school systems.
As far as the income assumptions here, um, no. Have you not seen the frugality board and all the low income threads at MDC? Sometimes its just about how well a school manages funds. Our community where I live is mainly average to low income families and quite a lot of poverty level families. Yet our elementary school has smart boards in every classroom and brand new Mac computers in the 2 comp labs and a good portion of the classrooms have them too. Our school also does not charge for registration, transportation or field trips. I'm actually very proud of what our school has managed to do with the funds it does get.
My son has special needs and relies on this technology quite a bit. His fine motor skills often make it hard for him to do his work by hand, or to have readable handwriting. Its not because he doesn't try or doesn't have enough practice, he just can't do it. I've watched the kids in the special ed room do assignments using the smart board and also one of the 3 Macs in the classroom. I'm very thankful that my child has the opportunity to get a good education in a way that works for them. If he had to do everything the "old fashioned way" I don't think he'd do as well as he does.