Smart Board Vision

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 10:27am

New high-tech classrooms present difficulties for students with common undetected vision problem.

Students are now relying more on high tech tools to learn in the classroom, but one out of every four students has an undetected vision problem that makes high tech learning a challenge.

The electronic interactive board, often called a smart board, has replaced the chalk board.

Students love it.

Teachers and students use smart boards to do everything from diagram sentences to learn about science projects, but the high tech learning can take a toll on kids eyes.

"The biggest problem is that they are very compelling to children, so with children what happens is the tend to want to stare and really look at it and it fatigues their system faster," explains Dr. Burton Worrell. "So what we need is more breaks we need to also have them vetted before. We need to make sure children get checkups to make sure they are tracking and their eye tracking is good."

8-year-old Brian Aquino eyes don't always team up well together when he reads making smart board learning a challenge.

"I can't really see very well when I'm looking at it with my glasses on," he says.

His vision problems impacted his performance in school.

"The overhead projectors and the white boards are the things they are starting to use in the classroom, as well as the computer screens, were really affecting his ability to read and his ability to get all the information and he'd come home and tell me he was really tired," his mother says.

Now brian does vision therapy to improve his tracking and stamina.

Doctors say the key is to not rely on the smart board too much.

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