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For Smart Students! : 

For Smart Students! Jennifer Lindsay Dickerson Adams LIBS 6042 Dr. Harer NC Technology Competencies: 11.1 and 11.4

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~ Students today are becoming more and more tech-savvy. As an educator, technology can often seem overwhelming. How can we ever keep up when things are constantly changing and growing? ~ Despite the fast technology evolution, students still expect us to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable. While students are growing bored with traditional teaching methods, educators often struggle for students’ attention. Teachers and librarians can quickly feel more like entertainers than educators. ~ If this sounds like your classroom or library, you are not alone. As the gap between technology and education grows wider, the battle against student boredom continues to grow.

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+ = SMART Boards can help fight student boredom and tighten the technology gap in education! Caring Teachers A SMART Board The Possibility of or Librarians Attentive and Engaged Students Excited About Learning

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The SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that can be used to: • Save notes written on the SMART Board to a computer file for future use • Control with your fingertips Windows, Macintosh, and/or other multimedia applications while projected onto the SMART Board’s touch-sensitive surface • Print created notes, images, or files • Work can also be e-mailed, posted to a network, saved as an HTML file, or copied and pasted into other applications Never heard of a SMART Board? Think of this technology tool as a white board that lets you do almost everything your computer can!

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Tools and Equipment Needed to Operate a SMART Board: SMART Board Serial Cable Digital Projector CPU (with SMART Board software installed)

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With a variety of uses, a SMART Board can offer you numerous opportunities to incorporate technology, engage students, and spice up your teaching strategies! SMART Board Uses/Ideas for all curriculums: • Presentations • Digital slide shows • PowerPoint presentations done by students or teachers • Lectures and teaching • Used during assemblies and meetings to emphasize points • To display maps or routes or teach geographic directions • As a class, create a slide show • Create digital portfolios • Teachers can save lessons for review or to show students who were absent • Teach computer skills • Write stories and proofread them as a group • Brainstorming ideas as a class • Teach students toolbars and the purpose of computer icons • Perform daily language activities (For example: Students could come up to the SMART Board and make changes) Tools are available for highlighting as well

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Uses/Ideas Continued: • To display art • Illustrate and write a book • Group Internet searches • Make a short class movie using the “record” feature • Copy a CD or file for substitute lesson plans • Create diagrams • Display literature passages for emphasis • During parent/teacher conference to display lessons or samples of their student’s work • Teach Internet search methods or how to use a card catalog • Problem solve as a class • Display movies via a DVD connector • Use graphics and charts to assist ESL students and special education students • Grammar practice AND THE POSSIBILITIES GO ON AND ON AND ON AND ON……

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Do not be intimidated by all the features available for use on the SMART Board. Everyone in the beginning starts out as a new user. Attend workshops, watch online tutorials, and collaborate with co-workers to gain a better understanding of how to use a SMART Board to best benefit you and your students’ needs.

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Let’s review the ability levels of SMART Board users: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced…

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Beginner Users *uses the SMART Board in a very basic way - Displays overhead projector on SMART Board - Uses dry-erase markers for annotations - Teacher is primary user of the SMART Board - Struggles with features, unsure of basic tools in Notebook - Projector primarily used for showing videos, United Streaming, or other vodcast programs LEVEL ONE

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LEVEL TWO Intermediate Users *uses the SMART Board for teaching and manipulating - Uses stylus markers for notes and examples in Notebook - Notebook Galleries are used on a somewhat regular basis - Notebook features used with some difficulty - Visual presentation limited to notes, study guides, worksheets, or other scanned materials

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Experienced Users *uses the SMART Board for teaching, manipulating, and student interaction in an effective way - Notebook features are used with ease, including advanced features - Students interact with manipulatives, maps, and other interactive lessons - Students write in Notebook and work on the Internet - Interactive lessons are developed and used on a regular basis - SMART Board and projector are used in effective visual presentations - Has experimented with improving skills through training sessions, downloading templates and lessons - Knows basic troubleshooting LEVEL THREE

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As a quick and easy method for incorporating technology into your lesson plans, search the Internet for resources to accompany a SMART Board. Lessons or supplemental material are easy to download and use on the SMART Board. For example: While using the SMART Board, you could review specific skills with your class as a whole or with individuals to assess acquired knowledge. Here is a sample link that could be used as an alphabet review game on a SMART Board:

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The following site offers wonderful review games, lessons, and learning strategies for use with grades K-3. There are even downloadable audio books to share with your students!

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With interactive web links, lessons, tutorials, and resources available for download, this web site has tons of information for SMART Board users. There are numerous web sites available on the Internet. Take time to Search for your SMART Board favorites!!!!

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With the use of interactive, technology-based lesson plans, students are more likely to pay attention and get involved in learning. For students today, the chalkboard or overhead teaching method seems out -dated and boring. Most students crave color, sounds, images, and anything they can learn while working hands-on. Therefore, including a SMART Board in your lesson, will cater to closing the technology gap between teaching and learning. In addition, it will liven up your teaching style and grab the attention of tech-savvy students.

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For additional information, products, trouble-shooting, and how-to’s, visit the following SMART Board web site: Getting students and staff involved with technology (like the SMART Board) can help promote collaborative learning and bridge the gap between teaching and keeping student interest.

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