What makes a SMARTBoard lesson effective?
Content is the most important but how it is presented will detrmine how successful the lesson will be. I have been doing a lot of Introduction to SmartBoard workshops. Everyone is so amazed at what the board can do. Everyone is eager to start using one.
BUT how do we get teachers to look at how they are using them?
How do we move them from mechanical users to more sophisticated users?
My task for this summer this was to develop some simple rules to help teachers be more creative and innovative with the Smartboard.
For Successful Lesson Activities
Teachers need to learn three skills:
* What "Bells and Whistles" do you add ?
* Why do you need the particular " Activity or Bells and Whistle" ?
* What do you leave out?
* How do you engage all your students and tailor lessons and activities to their different learning Styles?
- How do you make the lesson look professional?
*How do you make a lesson professional looking lesson?
* When do you share, and where do you share?
* Copyright issues
* Use Creative Commons material
What makes an effective interactive lesson?
What makes a digital lesson successful?
* the lesson isn’t too glitzy too flashy, so students do not get lost in the glitz and bells and whistles
* the WOW factor doesn't interfere with them understand what they are to be learning
* consistent fonts and appropriate use of colours
* interactiveness appropriatate for the grade and levels- are the students advanced users or just beginners?
* powerful content rich that is appropriate for the time (where are the students in the course, year and skills)
* What was successful and not so successful about the lesson and what did the students learn compared to what you thought they would learn - is documented
* is the lesson shareable? Do you share?
* reaching every learning styles of the students in the classroom if possible
Links to the WEB and other resources, Video streaming.....
* Focus more on content
- If the lesson is created ahead of time / already prepared
- Then the teacher can focus more on delivering the content and interacting with
- Checking for understanding
* More student focused
* Adaptable to the different learning styles in the classroom