Sunday, January 24, 2010

Smart Board

Since I never used Smart Boards in school, it was interesting to learn about the impact they can have on the learning environment. I agree that Smart Boards would create streamline lessons. Teacher can incorporate many aspects into one lesson a Smart Board. Each lesson can include notes, manipulative, and other interactive aspects. The Smart Board is a tool that meets the needs of every student. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners would all benefit from using a Smart Board. Since they current students are an increasingly technologically driven generation, it is important to connect them to the digital world in the classroom. Using technology motivates students to participation in the lessons. The interaction between the students and the lessons creates an interactive environment. I agree with the author that using a Smart Board keeps the teacher and students connected. Smart Boards do not separate teachers from the students as computers sometimes can.

I can’t wait to use Smart Board in my future classroom. I plan on using a Smart Board every day in the classroom, since it creates an interactive learning environment which motivates students to achieve in the classroom. I am excited to learn more about the Smart Board because I never had the opportunity to use on when I was in school.

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.

SMART board reading

I found the teacher preparation section of the reading to be especially interesting. In the section concerning the observations from the United Kingdom it was stated that teachers felt that lesson preparation was reduced when using the smart board technology. I can see this going both ways. On one hand, the smart board can save time when creating resources for a lesson such as the number card example given in the reading. It would also be easy to save and adjust smart board lessons for future use. However, at the same time, I feel that to create a truly effective lesson on a smart board it would be very time-consuming. There are so many choices and possibilities when adding multi-media and interactive aspects that I feel like it could take a long time to put everything together. I guess we will find out when we start creating our own smart board lessons next week!