How do you use a Smart Board? Please tell us a little about your interest in Smart Boards, and why you are seeking to join this community.
I provide technology support to teachers in K12 district in northern California. I'm joining this ning in hopes of getting a better understanding of how smartboard technologies can enhance student learning. I already see the potential to engage students, but are they actually learning more? Is the expense justifiable?
There are several discussions ongoing that may be interesting to you. And start a discussion asking your specific questions. It might be good, after you've been around a while, to promote this to your teachers and show them how they can use it for their own PD.
Technology is a tool that is only worth the money if the student or teacher are taught how to use the tool effectively to engage the learner and increase learning. That is why training and sharing resources on this network are essential for helping all of us to use the SMARTBoards to their potential.
If teachers use the SMARTBoards just to project on and don't learn how to develop interactive learning lessons on Notebook or PowerPoint, or don't use interactive websites, then it isn't worth the money. However, I have heard from several teachers that their reading and math scores went up after the teacher began using a SMARTBoard as an interactive learning tool. Seeing teachers use the SMARTBoard to instruct with as well as use the SMARTBoard as a learning center is an incredible sight to see.
I think you will find a large number of people that share your sentiment about the Marzano keynote. My school has 13 smartboards collecting dust right now. Before any school/district makes that type of purchase it is always prudent to assess the needs vs. wants of the teachers and how they would use it if provided.
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SMART Notebook Camp
When: Monday July 8 and Tuesday July 9, 2013
Where: Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL (Just west of Chicago)
440 W. Aurora Ave, Naperville IL
Times: Thursday Noon-9pm, Friday 8am-5pm
Who: Novice SMARTBoard Users, Any Subject, Any Grade
Included: 2 meals and a bunch of books and software
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We finally got to episode 90. This podcast describes the Activity Builder and how you can incorporate that into your daily lessons. There are some really cool things in it. Also, we discuss how to make a theme for your lesson.
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We finally got to episode 90. This podcast describes [...]