AlertSeat™ Pilot Conducted In Regular Classrooms
An intermediate school in south central Pennsylvania is among the first in the nation to replace conventional chair with AlertSeat in regular classrooms.
According to David Rice, principal of the Shippensburg Area Intermediate School, two fourth grade classrooms in his building have been equipped with the seats in a pilot program that he considers a success.
“I see big changes,” he said. “They have a calming effect on students.” That means more attention paid to classroom tasks. And the kids “Were beyond excited to get them,” Rice adds.
Shippensburg, a small town with a population of less than 6,000, is the home of Shippensburg University. The Shippensburg Area School District serves the town and surrounding communities in Pennsylvania’s verdant Cumberland Valley.
The Intermediate School, built in 2007, educates 440 fourth and fifth grade students. There are 10 fourth grade classrooms and nine fifth grades.
As part of a progressive school district, SAIS benefits from a commitment to technology. There are two computer labs in the building, two portable laptop carts, and every classroom is equipped with a SMART Board. Currently the school is piloting I-Pads and Kindle Fires with students and staff. Several staff members are also piloting wireless slates, handheld devices that allow them to interact with SMART Boards from anywhere in their classrooms.
David Rice said that he first got the idea for trying AlertSeats™ in his school after seeing them successfully implemented in one of the district’s elementary classrooms where they were being used in an autistic support class. Evidence shows that they have a positive impact in such settings. The Intermediate School principal believed they might have similar effects in regular classes. Evidence from the Shippensburg Area Intermediate School indicates that he’s right.