By Teachers, For Teachers
If you are “with the times,” then you may be so lucky to have a Smart Board in your classroom. This interactive whiteboard is replacing the overhead projector in many classrooms across the United States. Smart Board technology in the classroom can enrich your curriculum by taking a typical lesson and turning it into a fun, more interactive one. Here are a few of the amazing advantages to utilizing technology in the classroom by having a smart board in your classroom.
In classrooms all over the country, Smart Boards are being installed because this amazing technology not only enhances the way teachers teach, but it also enhances the way students learn. It can provide students with an enriched learning experience by projecting visual elements. It also makes differentiated learning much easier because teachers are able to accommodate different learning styles. Visual learners are able to observe the whiteboard, while tactile learners can learn by touching the board. The touchscreen option allows teachers to run programs with the tap of their finger. This makes it not only easy to navigate for the teacher, but for the students as well.
In addition to that, a student’s learning experience is enhanced by technology because of its ability for students to view diagrams, charts, videos and more, right on the huge screen in front of them. Their learning comes to life, and many students find it more fun to learn than ever before.
Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of Smart Boards is their ability to be interactive. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn best when they are fully engaged, and hands-on learning is one of the best ways to do that. With this technology, every child in the classroom has the ability to utilize the Smart Board at the same time. For example, advanced Smart Boards have the ability for students to use their finger and write directly on them. Most Smart Boards have separate workspaces so several children can utilize the smart board at once. This interactivity provides students the ability to write, draw, or take notes via a tablet as well.
Smart Boards are very easy to use and require very little maintenance. The boards do not use chalk or markers (which can be messy) -- you only use your finger or a special pen. You will also find that they are very easy to clean, as well as maintain.
Smart technology offers learners easy access to online resources. They can be set up in the class so all students can view any website or video through a computer application. Teachers have access to a slew of knowledgeable databases that can help them reinforce their lessons. Students can easily access a wide range of resources to help them complete a project or conduct research.
If you are looking to “go green,” here is your chance. Smart Boards are environmentally friendly because they eliminate the need for paper. There will be no need to photocopy and print a class set of papers. These interactive boards will help the environment in eliminating the tons and tons of wasted paper and ink that are dumped each year.
One of the many benefits of Smart Boards is the ability for technology integration. Teachers are able to connect their computers, video cameras, digital cameras, microscopes, and pretty much anything else that you can think of to help aid in instruction.
Studies have shown that using smart technology in the classroom has proven success rates; it raises test scores, improves student learning, enhances literacy, boosts attentiveness, and increases comprehension, to name a few.
Teachers report that the number one benefit that they see in their classrooms that use Smart Boards is an increase in student engagement. These interactive boards provide an extraordinary opportunity for teachers to create a classroom environment where students with different learning styles can learn from each other. This easy-to-learn technology ensures that both teachers and their students are developing the 21st century skills that they need in order to succeed in today’s world.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.