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.