Sunday, April 14, 2013

Are you SMART?

I'm not.  Sigh!  I've never had the pleasure that I have long craved as a technophile teacher to give a lesson using an interactive white board (or SMARTboard)


But you never know... I might be tempted to give this a try! Have you herad that you can make your own IWB that works on any flat surface for under $100?  Of course, you need to have a computer and a digital projector for this to work, but I just might give it a whirl!  You basically need a Wii remote, a stand to hold it still, a  SMARTboard pen and a freeware software application.

This year, I tried to tell myself that this technology is already passé, but several people were quick to contradict me on my facebook page.

For those of you who teach French and already have a SmartBoard, I thought I'd share this wiki I found, hosted by the Ottawa-Carleton school baord.

Another resource to check out... see this Skills to Try list for avoiding being the sage on the stage when using this fabulously impressive teaching tool. Both you and the students should know how to operate your specific brand of IWB to use these functions for best results.

What do you think? Should I give it a shot?



3 comments:

  1. Sigh. I have no clue how to use the SMART board. LOL In my defense, I'm a supply teacher and haven't had the chance to really get to use one...Ok..ok...I had one last year in my room when I had my contract, but I was so overwhelmed with everything else that learning how to properly take advantage of all the features on the SMART board wasn't high on my priority list. :S

    It's definitely become a goal of mine. Thanks for sharing!! I look forward to using this knowledge!

    Renee
    The Adventures of an Occasional Teacher

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    1. Me too! LOL

      Thanks for stopping by to let me know I'm not all alone in this! At the OMLTA conference a few weeks ago, in one session it seemed like 80% of the teachers in the room have access to an IWB! I was shocked.

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  2. I think you should give it a try! I badly wanted a Smartboard, so when I did get one a few years ago, I was excited. The only problem is that like the universe and everything else, technology is forever in a state of breaking down. I learned the hard way not to depend on it during a formal observation :(
    Darlene
    meatballsinthemiddle

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