This is my third year having a smartboard in my classroom, and I use it all day long! I teach first grade, so the smartboard provides a lot of modeling for my students. To start off the day, I use the smartboard and document camera to show the students what I want them to write down in their agenda book. This is helpful for the students because they still have difficulty with spelling, so this way they do not need to ask me how to spell what I want them to write.
Once they copy down their homework, we move into our reading block. Starting off with phonics, I use the smartboard to do phonics activities including word sorts, sound sorts, spelling games, and other phonics activities. In grammar, the students come up to the smartboard and do activities including correct the sentences, changing verb tenses, etc. We use interactive games during reading to keep the students attention, model worksheets, show the students things from a book (cover, glossary, index, etc.) and also applications like random group generator to group or call on students.
In math, we model the math games on the smartboard, and students come up and take turns playing the math games. In Smart Notebook, we use tools included dice, chips, and other manipulatives that can be moved around. This acts as a model for the students before they go off and and try the game themselves.
We also show several videos on the smartboard from sites including Brainpop, Starfall, etc. to provide additional instruction for the students. We often use these videos as activating strategies to start a lesson and get the students thinking about what they are learning about.
We also use the smartboard in order to show the class other students work. We will either scan the work in, or put their work under the document camera and project it on the smartboard. By doing this, students can see what their expectations are, and how they should go about doing an activity or assignment.
I can't imagine teaching without a smartboard! I use it everyday, during every activity. Whether it is as a tool to model for the students, have students interact with technology, or to use as a teaching tool, I feel that my classroom is much better and that my instruction is much more beneficial and engaging for the students.
My district is fortunate enough to have a SMART board in every classroom K-12 as well. At first I was not a HUGE fan of the SMART board because I felt it forced me to only have 1 student involved at a time, however over the years I have grown to LOVE it and I wouldn't trade it for anything, well maybe a document camera. I think the document camera is the BEST piece of technology in any classroom. I have found that I can change the background color and font color, font size, and even use whats called a Magic Pen. I have also discovered that I can save work and display more than one screen at a time. I find the dual screen feature handy when trying to show an example and a rubric at the same time, while the students are working on the assignment. I teach first grade and my students LOVE the different patterned pens, like the glitter, crayon, smiley face, etc. Using one of those instead of red, blue, green, and black makes all the difference in their world. Another fun and helpful feature when teaching decoding and handwriting is to write the words on the SMART board using white on a dark background and then have the students come up and trace your writing and spelling while decoding the word with a different color pen. This strategy helps them with handwriting, spelling, fine motor, and decoding, but they just think it is COOL! I also like that I can walk them through a website that they are on, using their laptops or iPods and I can have the same thing on the SMARTboard for them to follow along. I think the SMART board has unlimited power and my big tip is the more you use it the more you learn!
Hello Rich! I used Smartbord as an elementary Spanish teacher. I used it quite often, and my students enjoyed it very much. I used to play games to review a topic. Since teaching a foreing language requires the use of visuals, Smartboard technology offers you many options. For example, in my lesson of Parts of the Body, my students played a matching game. They matched the pictures with the names of the body parts. Another example is to introduce something new. I used Smatboard to teach my students how to use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast aspects of two cultures. I used Smartboard because Is very interactive, so students were engaged.
I teach Algebra courses in a community college. My room was equipped with the white board and the interactive pen, but I continued to use the chalkboard. You’d think coming out of the classroom covered in dust, would be enough motivation to put down the piece of chalk. However, what motivated me was the ability to record math lessons and posting it online. At the college, the students download the lesson from Blackboard and review. Blackboard, course management software, is used at the college for both face-to-face and online courses. To avoid being overwhelmed with questions at the beginning of the class time, I post announcements, homework assignments, and upload lessons. The ability to review recorded lessons enabled several of my students to get caught up and their test scores were high.