SMART board as a tool for engaging lessons

Video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U05WeXPGlk

My math teacher in High School was a person who always was in search of new creative and interesting ways of delivering lessons. Once we entered her classroom and found a new ‘inhabitant’ there. That was the first time I saw an interactive SMART board. As a student who was used to writing on the blackboard with a piece of chalk, I was looking forward to using this amazing tool at our lessons. We played various math games, did quizzes, watched video lessons, and showed presentations with the help of the SMART board.

Today, interactive SMART boards may be found almost in every classroom. This wonderful innovation helps modern teachers make the process of learning fun and engaging. For example, elementary school children might find the touch function of the SMART board entertaining since at their age they learn better by seeing and touching the objects. Moreover, this tool provides teachers with the opportunity to incorporate video materials into the lesson. It is obvious that the little ones would love to sing songs supported by video clips that call for performing some physical exercise. Secondary school students might find the SMART board useful in terms of visual representation of mathematical 3D shapes and figures, digital tours to some historic places, etc. Also, this mode of learning can assist teachers in conducting assessment such as whole-class quizzes without having any paperwork to be marked and graded later. Both elementary and secondary school students favor the individual handheld remote clickers.

However, even though the SMART board offers so many ways of improving teaching and making students’ learning interesting, not all the teachers use it effectively. In most classrooms, this innovative tool is turned on only when it comes to presenting information through a PowerPoint presentation or showing a video on some topic. Probably, such cases occur due to the lack of knowledge and practice in using a SMART board. If the school administration organized special lessons for teachers on how to use this technology during the lesson, I believe, all the money spent on this high-cost equipment would bring its benefits.

Another way to learn about all the functions of the SMART board is by watching tutorials online. There is a plenty of videos on this topic. They are very helpful and explain everything in detail. Since at the school where I work no special workshops were offered on this topic, I have learned about the SMART board through watching the videos on youtube.com.

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4 thoughts on “SMART board as a tool for engaging lessons

  1. Dear Dayana,

    thank you for bringing up the issue of using smart board in the classroom. It is true, there are various ways of using it in the learning process, however, mostly we use it to show videos or powerpoint presentations. In my practice, when I worked in mainstream school, there were only three smart boards in the school, so it took time to conduct lesson in the classroom containing it. But, every time teachers had a chance to use it, they tried to do it effectively. Moreover, the school organized special courses for the staff to learn how to work with a smart board. Now, working at NIS, where every classroom is equiped with s smart board and other technological devices, teachers accept it as it should be and do not use it properly. Although, Active Inspire program is installed on computers, very few teachers use it while working with smart boards.

    How do you use smart board in your classroom?

    Thanks,

    Bota

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  2. Dear Dayana,

    Thank you for touching on such issue. Indeed, technology is being used effectively in supporting traditional forms of teaching. We can see classrooms and seminar rooms with different technology linked to the Internet such as projectors and computers. But these are only superficial uses of technology. It seems that technology is being used primarily to support existing teaching pedagogy. Unfortunately, one can conclude that most of the time teachers are slow in taking the fullest advantage of the possible benefits that can be afforded by the use of technology. Technology use remain to be at the presentation level only.

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  3. Thank you, Dayana, for sharing your personal experience with us. I agree that most teachers at our schools are not using the full range of possible options a SMART BOARD can provide. I only wondered why it is school administration who has to teach teachers how to use it effectively? I personally believe that peer sharing between teachers is much easier, less time-consuming and stressful. I think teachers need to educate each other on how to use techs and the level of ICT literacy will raise in such a way. Rather than wait for SMT’s seminars, teachers need to be proactive and learn how to use the equipment they are blessed to have in the classroom themselves or with the help of their colleagues. Your thoughts?

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  4. Another strong post, Dayana. You are the third person to touch on the subject of SMART boards, emphasizing the role that it has played in the difficult process of modernizing classrooms. You are right to point out the necessity for training and extra time for planning before teachers will become comfortable using this (not-so) new “inhabitant” in their classrooms. Most of the SMART boards at our university seem to sit idly…

    Great writing, great post.

    5/5

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