Getting The SMART Boards Out Of The Closet

Here is a article called “Whiteboards for Dummies” written by Calvin Hennick for Scholastic – Administrator. This article discusses how to utilize your SMART Board more effectively by identifying some of the obstacles of using a SMART Board once you get it into your classroom.  The stories about using it to hang posters and stapling student work to the SMART Board are all true.

At their best, interactive whiteboards can get students out of their seats to lead their own learning. But, like all technology, the boards are only as good as the people using them. And the people using them are only as good as their training.

I think the article does a good job covering three very important landmarks in using the Interactive SMART Board:

1. Identify Your Early Adaptors

2. Make The Content Relevant

3. Know The Goal

The article also lists some great places for Professional Development including Teacher Online Training. The Notebook Gallery also provided Professional Development as well as Ready-made resources for your SMART Board.

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  1. Hello James. I have recently changed schools. In my old school I would routinely bring home the classroom laptop, which had Notebook already installed. At my current school we have the luxury of ipads for all staff as well as some sets for the children.
    Now I just bring home the iPad and want to know if Ican get hold of the Notebook software for this old HP desktop machine on which I am trying to complete my plans for the week?
    I still have to put together Notebook files as I do the maths plans for the two Year 4 classes; at the moment I have to get to school very early, but would rather do everything here at home.
    Thanks for reading this. Alan

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