Archive for July, 2012

SMART Exchange – invaluable resource

July 25, 2012

The lessons on the SMART Exchange (exchange.smarttech.com) are an excellent way of getting started with your new SMART Board.  This site really is a SMART Board users best friend, especially in the beginning when you are first becoming accustomed to Notebook software.  I like the files on the SMART Exchange for three reasons:  one, there is no point reinventing the wheel.   If we can find a file that meets our needs, we might as well use it.  Two, if the file doesn’t meet our needs completely, we can always modify or edit the file for our own purposes and always making it better.  Three, we can get great ideas for things we can put into our own Notebook files.  Looking at other people’s files can give us an understanding of the full potential of Notebook software.  Thank goodness for the SMART Exchange.

 

Happy Learning!

 

Mrs Blossom

Question and Answer using the SMART Response system

July 18, 2012

I have a SMART Board in my classroom and I am also fortunate enough to also have the SMART Response system available to incorporate as well.  I love the Response system and the students love the clickers as well.  When the students come into the classroom in the morning, I have them log into a clicker and it remains active on their desks all day long.  At any point when I want to find out what they know, I ask an oral question and they can honestly enter their response into the clicker.  That data immediately appears on the SMART Board and it provides instant feedback for me and the students.  For me, I am able to ascertain whether they are understanding the concepts as they are presented and the students can also self evaluate to make sure they have the concepts as well as they think.  The Response system is not just something you bring out at the end of your unit, but it is something you use all day long for polling, brainstorming, discussion, and instant questions.  It has been an invaluable tool for me and my students.

 

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Student Centered Learning – Part 2

July 11, 2012

I am a big advocate for using the SMART Board in my classroom as a student centered learning tool.  I offset the responsibility of creating SMART Notebook content to my students, so it is not my sole responsibility to create student centered content.  If we are to see the gains that research has proven by having SMART Boards in our classrooms, it is by having the SMART Board as a student-centered learning tool.   Allowing your students to create content that they share with their peers is very rewarding for them to do and incorporates many higher order thinking skills in the process.  I will often take my students down to the computer lab, where we have Notebook software installed on all the computers, and they will either create a file from scratch or they might modify or edit a template that I have them pull from a shared folder on our school network.  This is a huge piece to the puzzle when we look at taking the SMART Board from a teacher directed tool to a student centered one.

Student Centred Learning

July 4, 2012

I want to reinforce the importance of using the SMART Board as a student centered learning tool.  I have come across many articles that downplay the use of SMART Boards in classrooms and most often than not, the SMART Board is being utilized only as a teacher directed tool and not a student centered one.  The students must own the SMART Board, own the software, and own the content of the Board.  I will have my students use the software at school or at home to create student centered activities that they then share with their peers back at school.  It is hugely rewarding for the student to share their content with their peers, as students are all about posting and sharing their pictures, their videos, their writing with the rest of the world and receiving international feedback.   Allow your students the opportunity to use the software to demonstrate their knowledge using a technological learning tool to do so!!

 

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom