SmartBoard Workshop 3/13/13

The second TIES workshop I attended was all about using SMART Boards in the classroom. Before attending the workshop I was pretty unfamiliar with SMART Boards. I have used them only a couple of time and it was for recreation purposes rather than academic purposes.

The information I learned from the workshop was great and I could use all of it in the classroom as long as I have a SMART Board and the software is provided.

I discovered that as long as I have a SMART Board and I am either paying for the software or it is provided through the school, I can use a website called SMART Exchange ( This website has interactive lessons for all grade levels and all subjects. Each of these lessons aligns with the Common Core State Standards as well. You can download any of these lessons to the Notebook function on the SMART Board and with a little bit of tweaking and personalization, it is ready for your students.

On top of having ready-made lessons available at a click of a mouse, the SMART Board allows anyone who uses it to "write" on it with special pens. There are many different applications in the Notebook that allow for lecturing with notes or doing math/word problems and either saving the content or erasing it. With the 'Pin' application, I can also keep whichever page of notes I want visible at all times. I can also do a double screen so that if students are taking notes, but I need to move on to my next point, they can still see the previous page as well as the new one.  Furthermore, there is a recording function that allows not only your voice to be recorded, but everything you do on the SMART Board. You can save what is recorded for your records or for students that were not in class that day.

SMART Boards can be used for all subjects and at all grade levels. I would used SMART Boards for Math, Writing, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Science. I think it would be much more fun and interactive for students if they were doing math problems on the SMART Board rather than on a piece of paper at their desk. It would also be nice because if an error is made another student can come up and use a different colored pen to how he/she would solve the math problem. I also like the idea of using the SMART Board when creating timelines for Social Studies. Students, one at a time, could come up to the board and insert a specific event on the timeline if we are doing a review or if they are just learning the material.

I think SMART Boards are a great way to get students involved in the learning process and it allows me to save any lectures or notes that I have taught them so that I can go back and see how I teach in order to better myself for future lessons.

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    My name is Aubrey Makara. I am an elementary school teacher and I like to write about my experiences and all of my ideas for technology integrated lessons in the classroom!


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