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Technology in Education: SMART Boards

EDT 180
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Madeline Hillebrand

on 8 May 2011

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SMART Boards in the Classroom What is it? According to the official website of SMART technology (www.smarttech.com), a SMART Board is "an interactive whiteboard that connects to a computer and draws the power it needs from the computer". Technology in this day and age is greatly increasing the possibilities for teachers and education; it allows for interactive lesson plans, revolutionary media, and innovative teaching. Bibliography SMART Boards allow each student to actively participate in each lesson and can be altered to help ELL (English Language Learners) to succeed as well. Here is a YouTube video that gives a more indepth description of what a SMART board actually is, and some examples of how it can be used in the classroom. The board can be controled through touch recognition, colored markers, and even a keyboard to type directly onto the screen. Why Use It? The board can be utilized for any grade level, anywhere from kindergarten to higher education. Lessons can be made to be interactive so they are engaging for the students; it presents a different way of learning through interaction, visual media and videos, and other programs. Any computer application can be applied to the SMART board and presented to the class. It can be used in every content area, which means that teachers of every subject can utilize it to their advantage. (SMART Board is actually the brand name: the real term is Interactive Whiteboard) Introduction SMART board can be used to demonstrate math problems, vocabulary activities, and interactive learning. It is hugely helpful in helping to catch absent kids up on missing work, as anything can be saved and opened again easily. Here's another video about the wonders of the SMART board. Conclusion According to the official SMARTtech website, "Research indicates that interactive whiteboards benefit student engagement, learner motivation and knowledge retention. The technology has been successful in reaching students with a variety of learning styles, including those with special needs. " The website also states that SMARTboards are used in over 1.6 million K-12 classrooms worldwide, which means it reaches 40 million students! SMART Boards can change the way that a classroom is operated; it gives the teacher the option to get their students more involved, and the chance to actively participate in their learning. It has had a huge success rate among teachers, and it's becoming a fixture of technology in the classroom. Here's a video about the success of the SMART board in an actual classroom. Hollis, James. "Teachers Love Smart Boards." 23 May 2009. <http://www.teacherslovesmartboards.com/2009/05/smart-boards-in-every-classroom-make-it-a-reality.html> 7 May 2011. "Interactive Whiteboards." Resource Materials & Technology Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. U.S. Department of Education, 27 Oct. 2010. Web.   <http://rmtc.fsdb.k12.fl.us/tutorials/whiteboards.html> "Teaching and Learning Come Alive With SMART Boards." AntonNews.com. Web. 08 May 2011. <http://www.antonnews.com/gardencitylife/2006/02/03/news/>. "Home - SMART Technologies." Home - SMART Technologies. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 May 2011. <http://smarttech.com>. Monroe, Nesli. Smartboard. Connexions. 1 Apr. 2009
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