SMART Boards

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SMART Boards:

SMART Boards Anna Minshell EDCO 547 January 16 th , 2012

What is a SMART Board?:

What is a SMART Board? A SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard (IWB) designed for use with students, professionals, and government agencies “combines the functionality of a whiteboard , computer, and projector into a single system” (Giles and Shaw, 2011) Several different brands, including “SMART Board”, “Promethean Board” and “ eBeam slate” This presentation specifically discusses “SMART Boards” and references other SMART technology Video Demonstration (3 minutes)

Equipment needed:

Equipment needed Necessary SMART Board Projector (can be regular classroom projector) Computer (laptop or desktop) Software (free downloads) Optional SMART Response System Individual, hand-held wireless keypads Used to response to given questions SMART Response Video (3 minutes )


cost Several companies sell this technology Various brands and models available Estimated cost $1500 for board alone $3500 for board, projector, and wall mount Prices found online for a public consumer, may be different for schools/districts Software Many free options Programs and curriculum available for purchase

Designed for…:

Designed for… All ages Students with attention deficit Interactive and engaging Kinesthetic learners Students can manipulate items on the board Visual learners


uses Classroom Guidance Lessons Alcohol awareness, bullying prevention, career exploration, study skills All available as free downloads Games to review information Examples: classroom feud, jeopardy Small Groups Example: “How are you feeling” download Explores feelings by matching emotions with facial expressions and acting out given emotions Data Collection Progress monitoring Pre and post tests Class-wide or with SMART Response, individually Data reporting Staff In-services


considerations Pros Cons Increases student engagement Allows for student collaboration Grades and records scores Can be used for every subject, at every level Lessons organized and stored digitally Free downloadable resources Budget may not allow for each classroom Staff need training on use and features Initial time investment is large


Contributions Lesson plans shared and used digitally Student interaction with technology, as opposed to passive interaction (teacher use during class) or limited interaction (computer time) Built in data collection methods Ease of collecting, compiling, and sharing data


Implications Curriculum built in to SMART Board lessons Accountability maintained through data collection Increased student success Engaged in learning Interest in technology Check for understanding throughout lesson Material presented more effectively


sources Giles , Rebecca M.; Shaw, Edward L. (2011, December 1). SMART Boards ROCK! Science and Children , pp. 36-37 . How to Afford Interactive Whiteboards. (2011). Technology & Learning , 31 (8), 44-46 .

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