Powerpoint vs Notebook software

I have officially transitioned from Microsoft PowerPoint to SMART Notebook software to meet my lesson creation needs.  I have come to realize that PowerPoint is strictly a visual tool where students need to process information from a distance.  Notebook software on the other hand is a kinesthetic tool.  Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the hand was the tool to the mind.  Notebook software allows the student to be kinesthetic on the SMART Board as they use their hands to interact with the digital manipulatives on the Board.  Being able to manipulate content utilizes higher order thinking skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and analysis.  Students are able to construct knowledge in the moment with Notebook software, versus just visually processing ready made content and then recalling it at another time.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

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