Sunday, January 24, 2010

Smart board reading

One section of the reading I connected to most was when the author talked about student engagement and how smart board plays in to it. I strongly believe that students who are put in a classroom with an active and engaging atmosphere, will learn more effectively. Having students work in groups, use computers, ask questions, express ideas, and many other things will result in students having a much more active learning experience. An active learning experience is something smart boards can help make happen in many classrooms. When the author talked about observations from the United States, one thing I found interesting was the students reaction just from the experience of touching the smart board. Many first graders said "it felt like magic!" The common responses from younger students toward the smart board showed how the smart board created an enthusiasm towards learning for many students. The smart board helps engage students in the learning experience, which I think is so awesome. This enthusiasm then brings about motivation in the classroom.

In conclusion, the smart board is a great new device that can help motivate and encourage students towards active learning. By allowing students to interact with the smart board, students feel in control and this helps the learning process in classrooms.

1 comment:

Kari said...

I agree that smart board can help to create a more active and engaging learning environment, if the teacher knows can successfully utilize it. Sometimes I think teachers might not be aware of everything a smart board can do, and therefore it is not used to its full extent. My sophomore year I was in a 4th grade classroom with a smart board. I can only recall twice when my cooperating teacher used it--once to demonstrate a program the students would be using in the computer lab and once to show a movie. I think it could have been incorporated more into daily/weekly lessons.
I think one benefit we have as future teachers is that the benefits of smart board have been researched and they are becoming more commonly used. Therefore, we will most likely have more resources and more instruction on what they can do and how we can incorporate them into lessons.