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Subject: What is your opinion on Smart Boards?
Date Posted: 11/10/2009 7:31 PM ET
Member Since: 2/17/2009
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We had to do our Observation Lesson using the Smart Board this year.  I'm not that familiar with them so I spent more than 8 hours putting together a review lesson for a quiz.  It was OK, but way TOOOOOO much work for a piece of technology.  At least in my opinion. 

I took out an old film strip from when I went to school and the kids were just as excited as when I used the Smart Board.

Am I missing something?  :)

Subject: SmartBoards
Date Posted: 11/13/2009 9:05 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2009
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I've been so fortunate to have had a SmartBoard for the last six years of teaching elementary students. I understand your frustration with the time-consuming portion of creating your own 'show'. I may may one or two review type games a year, and my colleagues and I share what we create, but that's only about 5% of its use. I also use premade games, review activities, lesssons, etc. that I've found on the Internet. I don't have time to create everything from scratch.

But, I still love my board. I use it 80 % of the day, at least. Any teaching items that I would formerly have written on the whiteboard is all written on the SmartBoard ahead of time. Every story we have in Reading has a file with the simple goodies I've created. This goes for Spelling, Language, Math (especially), and other subjects. I would estimate that I now have at least an extra half hour of instruction time, because everything is ready to go. I also don't have to turn my back to the class as much.

Our Reading, Spelling, and Math workbooks are available to open on the SmartBoard. It is so much easier to work with the children when they can look up and see how I'm assisting on the board.

I teach using the Internet. There are wonderful sites for anything you want and it's all projected on a huge screen. I haven't even mentioned all of the goodies that come in the gallery of our SmartBoard software. Any type of map is at my fingertips, coins are right there, all types of grids, graphs, and lined paper are right there.....and I haven't even scratched the surface of what is available.

My school provided a two hour training session for us on the beginning basics of SmartBoard use. I could use more, but if I can find the time, I just search around and find something new to use every day.

The day my SmartBoard falls off the wall will be the day I decide to retire. I've taught from the early eighties when no one had even heard of a computer in a classroom and we all had old black chalkboards to today. I will never be able to go back. I hope you will learn to love your new technology.

P.S. I still like the little filmstrips, too!


Date Posted: 11/28/2009 4:05 PM ET
Member Since: 3/29/2007
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I love my SmartBoard (actually, I have an ActivBoard - cheaper?), too! I "borrow" almost all of my materials from the internet. Creating from scratch is incredibly time-consuming, but there's so much stay out there for the taking!

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 7:26 PM ET
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I LOVE my smartboard!  It is very time consuming to create entire activities, but there are so many templates in the teacher's toolbox that it's fast and easy to throw something small and short together.  I also have an airliner and the two of them are great together.

I really love it when I am teaching a grammar point that the kids have a tough time with.  I record myself teaching it and upload it to my website where they can watch it.  Even if I don't include the audio, the kids love watching the words magically appear in the video.

It's also nice to be able to easily pdf the information to send by e-mail to parents or absent students. 

I had to change my classroom around to allow for the addition of another table.  This makes it so I can't use the smartboard any more (Because of the stupid place it was mounted) and I miss it--it's torture to look at it and not be able to use it...but what's the use if students can't see it.  Sorry...I'm ranting having 29 kids in one of my classes is killing me! :)  At least I can project on the wall and use the airliner. :)

To the OP, if you need help or ideas, feel free to PM me. 

Last Edited on: 1/15/10 7:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1