Whiteboards' Impact on Teaching Seen as Uneven
While experts see whiteboards as powerful tools for improving instruction, teachers vary widely in their ability to use them effectively.
By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo
Chestertown, Md.Students hop out of their seats during Lonnise Gilley’s lessons as they compete to solve a geometry problem or compare the sides of color-coded shapes on the board in front of the class. As Gilley moves around the room probing students for answers, she engages the 9th graders in an interactive discussion on the Pythagorean theorem and the rules for classifying triangles.
How Can Teachers Enhance Classroom Instruction With Interactive Whiteboards?
Smart Boards in the Classroom
With the interactive whiteboard teachers can transform a regular classroom into a workable instructional model…
Presentation tools are increasing in popularity for educators who want to share ideas and information with students. One of the most effective ways to involve students in learning with technology is with the use of interactive whiteboards.
Students Teaching Students...
Last year, Kent student Sheila designed a game called “Order of Planets.” The first task? Students had to read about the planets. That complete, the students played a Jeopardy-like game with answers unveiled on an interactive display. Her game was just one of many that other students at the Kent School District near Seattle, Washington designed as part of the Kent Technology Expo. Read More...
Using Technology to Lift Up Students’ Voices Online
For me, the most important thing about digital tools in the classroom is their ability to support and enhance learning, and how they can help my students to share their voices globally. My kindergartners have amazing ideas and are always excited to share and ask questions about what they are exploring.
Digital tools offer endless ways for them to share their learning—with each other, with their families, and with the world. This is possible through the use of digital tools that offer ways to enhance and engage in conversations. Conversations are where we, as educators, have the opportunity to listen to our students’ voices. It’s where we get to the heart of our work.
11 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Your SMART Board
Do you and your students tend to do the same thing on your interactive whiteboard over and over? Us too! That’s why we were excited to talk with Rebecca Penina Simon, an interactive-whiteboard expert who’s also the director of educational technology at Solomon Schechter School of Queens. Here are some of the cool ways she’s using Teq Unlimited, a resource that combines SMART’s software with some awesome online PD and that we want to try right now. Read More...
New research by a Massey University PhD student has found that many educators feel out of their depth when adopting new technology for use in the classroom.
Kathryn Mac Callum, who will receive her doctoral degree at a Massey graduation ceremony this week, investigated the use of mobile technology in the tertiary education sector. She found some clear differences between the attitudes of teachers and students.
"Students are increasingly demanding mobile learning – they are very comfortable using smartphones and tablets and find the flexibility and the ability to share resources and collaborate on projects really engaging," she says. Read More...
Ten Ways to Get Smart With SMARTboard
By Amber Price
“What can I do with a SMARTboard?” was the biggest question I had from teachers after we got our brand new interactive whiteboard.
I decided to present a workshop on the SMARTboard at our district level Professional Development Academies and found that most of the teachers, being new to the SMARTboard, were not even sure how to use an interactive whiteboard instructionally with their students. The teachers were not as interested in learning the SMART Notebook software as they were with using the SMARTboard for integrated, interactive lessons. It is my job, as the Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, or ITRT, to go into the classrooms and model lessons, constantly providing templates, samples, and resources to my teachers. The idea is that they can learn the software as they become more aware of what they can do with the SMARTboard with their students. My ultimate goal as an ITRT is to help guide them towards more independent use of technology.
Members of today's younger Net Generation aren't more tech savvy than their teachers just because they were born into a world full of computers. In fact, if it weren't for the coaxing and support of their educators, many students would never use their electronic devices for more than playing games or listening to music. So says Shiang-Kwei Wang of the New York Institute of Technology in the US, who led a study on how middle school science teachers and their students use technology inside and outside the classroom. The findings appear in the journal Educational Technology Research & Development. Read More...