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Smartboards in the Classroom

Updated on January 29, 2013
 Smart Board are very helpful in engaging students in the lessons.
Smart Board are very helpful in engaging students in the lessons.

This helps make lessons engaging

A lot of veteran teachers seem to be uncomfortable with technology in the classroom. Why? Because they are comfortable with the way they have been teaching and why change things that work? However, technological devices make teaching more effective or should I say it aides the teacher in more than one way. More concepts can be covered and time can be saved. Furthermore, in an age when children are use to instant gratification, getting entertainment at the touch of a button, we have to be able to compete for their attention in clever new ways. The Smartboard is a board with much more capabilities than the traditional white or blackboard. It is connected to the computer and you are able to not only write on it you can also show videos, create touch screen lessons, pull up grids automatically, have students take quizzes with remotes and show them the results and data.

Instead of using an Elmo you can use a document camera with the Smartboard, you can take pictures or a document and then use the Smartboard pen to grade or do problems with students.

The other cool thing is how easy you can erase what you write or you can save and get a new page to write on with the ability to come back to what you wrote. You can save lessons and make them interactive.

I usually use virtual formats in the Envision curriculum, and I stop to teach and check for understanding. I can write right on the lesson as it plays and erase, say something like a math problem. Or I can highlight important details as students read a word problem.

How much do they cost? They range between 1,000-6,000, and I feel they are worth every penny. In my school district there are several classrooms with them. Talk to your administration about purchasing one for your class. Or you might buy one yourself. They are durable and are kid friendly. My students love to use them.



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student taking a quiz by submitting his choices using Smartboard Technologies
student taking a quiz by submitting his choices using Smartboard Technologies

I love using this tool for teaching Math

Here I explain decimals using a 10x10 grid and a numberline on the Smartboard
Here I explain decimals using a 10x10 grid and a numberline on the Smartboard

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      Lawrence Stripling 5 years ago

      I'm not a teacher , but this sounds pretty cool. I wish they had this kind of technology around when I was a kid. Great Hub. Voted Up and pinned to pinterest.

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      Dominique Broomfield 5 years ago from Texas,USA

      Yes it is great, I have fun teaching with it, and it is also great for the business world as well. Thanks for your comment.

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      technibz 5 years ago

      Wow. This makes me want to go to school again. pretty cool. Just think how useful and easier this would be for everyone--the teacher, students and even the environment. Great hub.

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      Dominique Broomfield 5 years ago from Texas,USA

      Thanks for commenting, the kids really do find it interesting.

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      jjexon 5 years ago

      very nice work

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      Dominique Broomfield 5 years ago from Texas,USA

      Thanks so much!!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      E-Learning tools are now up and about. This is truly interesting as I also run a preschool. Thanks!

      Congrats on your Hubnuggets nomination. Read and vote this way http://koffeeklatchgals.hubpages.com/hub/Hubnugget...

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      Dominique Broomfield 5 years ago from Texas,USA

      Thanks for your comment!

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      Billie Pagliolo 5 years ago from Laguna Hills, California

      Thank you for this hub. I'll read it more in depth and click the links, but perhaps you know some of the information I need. Are teachers able to access the web for self-published authors and independent software companies? I am the owner of Windmill Works and we have been creating free online games for children for over 20 years (My background is in deaf ed, but we have free online learning games for mainstream students). I also have just published a narrated ebook meant to empower little left- handers and all children who, at times,have felt "left out." that was delightfully illustrated by children's artist Julie Parker of the UK and have online matching games, flashcards, etc. available at www.leftpawedpuppy.com. My question, therefore, is this: Can teachers access any website on their smartboard or is the software only designed by the people who have created the smartboard. I would happily give my book away free to schools for the promotion. You can download a trial version on "Lucky's..." site and if you like it, I can send you a free activation code. I need revieweers and just a buzz. It's "no Harry Potter," but has elements to enchance reading and again, empowerment for a forgotten minority. Thanks so much for your time. (I have an article "How to Publish a Children's Book" on hubpages as well.) Thanks again, Dbroomfi!

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      Dominique Broomfield 5 years ago from Texas,USA

      Thanks for commenting. Yes you can access any website that is not blocked by the school or district. Basically the Smartboard projects whatever is being viewed on the computer connected to it. I have shown movies using it and I have done internet searches with my class on different subjects. The main thing that makes the Smartboard special is that not only can it project what is on the computer, it has a touch screen. You can use your finger to navigate from a screen, it also has several really cool features, that makes any lesson more interactive. So if your book was pulled up on the internet the kids could read along or come up and highlight key points or whatever the lesson would cover. I hope I answered your question.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Interesting hub, however in our small school we have been using the interactive whiteboard (smartboad) for the past two years and all teachers (young and old) introduced it with enthusiasm to their students to their great delight...it is a part of our everyday classroom routine and no one would ever like to change it back to the old days...

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      Dominique Broomfield 5 years ago from Texas,USA

      Great!! I probably should have said some veteran teachers are relunctant to use them, as I have seen in my personal experience.

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      Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia

      SmartBoards are a great tool. Hopefully more schools will be getting them over time.

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      Dominique Broomfield 3 years ago from Texas,USA

      I agree Rosie, they should be the standard modern classroom resource .

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