SMARTboards are an interactive whiteboard. You can control them from a computer like a projector, or from touch of a finger or SMARTboard pen like a touch screen computer. SMARTboards generally look like this:
1.) Orienting the board:
Before you get started, it is important to orient the board. This means that the board will recognize your touch or the touch of a pen/eraser in the correct spot. This Youtube tutorial will show you how to orient the board on a PC
2.) Moving between the notebook and computer:
It is easy to move between the SMARTboard notebook feature and projecting your computer screen onto the board. This is done by selecting the Menu button on the board and then selecting the program you want to move to. Your options will be Home, Whiteboard, Collaborate, Computer Access and Watch Video.
Spotlight allows an instructor to show and cover up material on the SMARTboard as needed.
2.) Response system shows clickers
Like many technologies the SMARTboard has its limitations. For example when two or more students are participating in an interactive SMARTboard activity, only one student can actively write on the board at a time. This can be frustrating for both students and teachers if the goal of the activity is for multiple students to be participating in the SMARTboard activity at the same time. Other’s include having to reorient the board in the middle of a lesson, it could be mistaken for a dry erase board, so be cognisant that both teachers and students do not use dry erase markers on the the on the SMART board screen. Finally, technology is not always reliable so make sure that you have a backup lesson plan in case the technology you depend on is not being as user friendly as it could be.
SMARTboards and Inquiry
Inquiry is a major part of science education. So how can you use the SMARTboard as an inquiry based tool? One cool way is to let students explore different units of science through virtual tours. Check out a few websites that give students hands-on tools to observe, explore and inquire before they are ever introduced to the lesson in an educational setting. Let your students choose a topic they wish to further explore based on the experience they get from taking a virtual tour through a science museum, the rain forest or space! http://campus.fortunecity.com/newton/40/field.html
Better yet let them dissect an eye…
Visualize science models in 3D…