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ginaa
ginaa , Teacher asks:
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Smartboards in the classroom: a good investment?

I've observed an 8-grade math class conducted using a Smartboard and it seemed to work great. A little while ago I met a parent of a second grader whose class had just been given a Smartboard. She was deeply uncomfortable because she thought it would be distracting and might encourage them to play too many video games. This may not sound likely but she's entitled to her concerns. I'd love to hear from parents and educators about their experiences with the technology.

Thanks!  
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childpsychmom
Feb 27, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

In our school district, we are fortunate to have SMART Boards in all of the classrooms, beginning in kindergarten.  Teachers are able to utilize the SMART Board for just about anything they need, and students of this generation are completely comfortable with all sorts of technology, both at home and in the classroom.  With the SMART Board in the classroom, teachers really do have the whole world at their fingertips.  What an amazing resource in teaching young minds!  And don't worry, under the supervision of qualified teachers the only video game playing going on would likely be learning disguised as FUN!  As a mom of four and a child psychologist, I am thrilled that my kids have SMART Boards in their classrooms.

I'm attaching a link to the SMART Board website, where they include all of the different ways their products can be utilized in the classroom.  

Best of luck!

Polly Dunn, Ph.D.

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Shoebuttons
Shoebuttons writes:
Smartboards keep students engaged in learning.  They allow interaction on many levels including student-to-student, student-to-teacher, and student-to-technology. If students are engaged and interacting, they are well on the way to mastering new concepts.
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ilovechefwilliam
ilovechefwi... , Teacher, Caregiver writes:
Technology is so useful in the classroom, as long as it is used appropriately!  I teach children with autism and we have been doing so many different web 2.0 activities.  Check out my blog and youtube page.  I also created a smartboard using a wiimote and a special pen.  This is much more cost effective.

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rampurhaat
rampurhaat , Teacher writes:
It might be a good idea - and seeing that it has worked for other kids you have the proof too. Make sure you get the right kind of board.

-- Guy (http://www.webliterature.net)
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CreativeRachna
CreativeRac... , Child Professional, Teacher writes:
<p>There is an ancient Chinese proverb which states: </p>
<p>I hear and I forget </p>
<p>I see and I remember </p>
<p>I do and I understand  </p>
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<p>Smartboards work on the ideological premise that children who take part in their learning experience tend to be more interested, engaged and accountable for their school experience.  Smartboards enable students to write on the larger board, engage with the teacher, and generally be more focused.  Compare this to the kids who fall asleep hearing long lectures or teachers who talk at them, rather than discuss with them. Is a great debate today with varied answers and opinions.   </p>
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<p>Thanks,  Rachna</p>
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mommaof3
mommaof3 writes:
My partner used the Smartboard everyday for Math.  I think it is a great interactive tool for kids.  I, as a parent and a teacher, think that kids learn best when they can manipulate the material (kinesthetic and visual).  This generation of learners need more than just paper, pencil and books to motivate them.
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Karenmom
Karenmom writes:
Hi ginaa,

Great question!  It is interesting to read the views and it appears that everyone is in favor of the Smartboard.  I too, am a fan, my daughter has had it in a couple of classes and it's wonderful.  They have used it in so many ways, presenting instruction, internet use where they can all view at once, we have one in the computer lab, so the instructor can demonstrate what he is doing on the computer and they can follow along, watched movies, countless uses.  However, it is unfortunate that I live in a school district with limited funds and not all classrooms in my school have one, and not all schools in the county have one. It will be wonderful when each classroom has one and each student can benefit from its use.
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genermcmillan
genermcmillan writes:
It is a good thing..This will make a large future benefits.
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