How to Integrate Smart Boards Into the Classroom
The smart board can become a very
Hello, I'm Milo for About.com and today we are talking about some tips for integrating smart boards into the classroom.There are now many companies producing lesson helps, plans, and materials for smart boards. We are going to go over some ideas but first some key points to help you plan and think about implementation. The overall goal for any lesson, technology, or help is the actual learning. So as not to get sidetracked by the bells and whistles, continually ask yourself "is this specific action, activity, or lesson explicitly creating academic learning time?" Or more specifically, "is it tangibly moving toward your actual learning objective?"Technology allows for students to actively manipulate the content and can smooth the learning process when the goal of learning is kept front and center at all times. A good rule of thumb is that the person doing the work is the person doing the learning. Another way of saying that is that what you are working with is what you are leaning about.So to incorporate this, or any technology into your lesson plan, first think what it is you want the students to walk away with so as to make sure that is where the action of the lesson goes.Then, if this is the first time you are using the technology, put aside enough time in your lesson for explicit instruction on how to use it so you can move on to the meat of the lesson. If you repeat similar processes with the the same technology, either scaffolding the lesson up for more advance learning or scaffolding down for review or introduction of new material, you do not have to re-teach the technology.Interactive White Board: As an interactive white board you find that you write bigger than normal, however you can quickly create new pages that you can return to rather than erasing. At the end you can output the pages as PDF files or print them. These pages can then become walls that teach. You can also have access to the Internet, allowing you to show student how to look for information, focusing on what to do with it.Textbooks: One particularly effective way of using a smart board in your lessons is to add a dynamic to guided reading. Placing scanned pages of the textbook as background, you can now draw attention to text features, thesis statements, and other elements in the reading during discussions.Learning Center: the smart board can become a very dynamic small group or individual learning center. Students, working in pairs or independently can work with a myriad of activities in a subject, some found for free online. If you did this activity as a whole group, it becomes even more effective when used for students independent work or review.For more education tips and helpful information, check us out at About.com.