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why SMARTboards?

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Kara Ripp

on 13 September 2013

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Transcript of why SMARTboards?

Money Comparison
why SMART boards?
Reasons why SMARTbaords are a good fit for the kindergarten/first grade classroom.
Main Idea
Are SMART boards outdated? No!
Are SMART boards great for collaboration? Yes.
Can you collaborate with an iPad? Yes, but...
Can't you use an iPad and use Airserver? Isn't that the same? No.
There's an app for SMART notebook, isn't that the same? No.
Can't you do everything on an iPad instead of a SMART board? No.
Are SMART boards more appropriate for k/1? Yes, because...

Presented by:
Wendy Cushnie
Janet Dakers
Kara Ripp
Jim Smalley
This presentation will explain why purchasing SMART boards for our classrooms is the best fit.
District Technology Plan
A SMART board will help to foster 21st century skills and foster new skills in collaboration, communication, and creativity.
Fine Motor Skills vs. Gross Motor Skills
Saving you money:
SMART notebook software is already purchased by our district. Thus, you would not have to purchase apps.
Cost for 4 SMART boards (installed)
Cost for 4 classrooms of iPads and Apple TV $8,621
Shared writing on iPad vs. SMART board
Learners with special needs
The SMART board provides a bigger screen helping visually impaired students. Larger touch area helps students with motor impairments. Students can use tennis balls, large styluses, fingers, and fist to write and to manipulate objects.
Appropriately matched for student skill level
Naturally occurs with SMART board. Hard for students 4-6 years old to share a small device, like an iPad. For true collaboration to happen with iPads, you need a 1:1 device ratio.
SMART slate pitfalls for this age group- it's not the same as a SMART board.
*Small Stylus
*No reference points
*High-level of fine motor skills needed.
1. Is durable for young children to use at daily learning centers.
2. Is a place to have shared writing and interactive thematic learning.
3. Can provide independence in technology use for students.
4. Is able to be use for mixed-ability students.
5. Will provide a learning tool that can be used in small group child-led interactions.

The specific objectives that will be achieved with the use of the SMART board comprise of:
21st Century Skills
Student Skill Levels
Our school district technology plan states that:
“Technology will be used as an educational and operational tool to enhance teaching and learning with a focus on 21st Century skills. Through effective application of technology we will: (1) learn and work more effectively (2) demonstrate creativity (3) solve challenging problems (4) collect and analyze information to make data-driven decisions (5) develop critical thinking skills through real world experiences (6) collaborate and communicate with others through a global environment.”

The SMART board would enable students to learn and work more effectively through the use of digital media, enable for creativity, allow students to problem solve together in small groups, permit students to make data-driven decisions in the interactive learning applications with the use of critical thinking, and encompass a collaborative learning environment for students to learn and communicate. Furthermore the use of the SMART boards in our classrooms, links to all six components of our district’s technology plan as well as the outlined learning outcomes.
Plan B:
iPads 1to1 (25 per classroom), apple TV, apps on the iPads for k/1, professional development for teachers.
Plan B:
Apps: Pixie, magnetic letters, educreations, brainpop jr., quickimages, number flash. sound sorting, tic tac toe phonics, All About Letters (ABC's), friends of 10, number line, first grade learning games, build a word, letter school, letter sounds, AND MANY MORE.
**There needs to be a yearly budget for apps
Plan B:
Don't need Apple TV right now, but that's the direction that the district is going for future use of media. Can purchase us airserver for $14.99

The district will service and support what you choose.
A SMART board is less likely to walk away from room and be stolen, dropped and broken.
By installing a SMART board, you don't have to buy a charging cart for each classroom.
By choosing the SMART boards, you are helping your child build 21st century skills that are required for today's workforce and their educational career.
Shared Writing with an iPad
Students writing with a SMART slate
Students using an iPad in a group
Students using an iPad in a group version 2
Students presenting with SMART board
Students using SMART board with iPads
Students using SMART board in various ways
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