Smartboard Benefits: 1) Students stay on task (they can all see it!) 2) They love using it all day! 3) They never seem to tire of it! 4) They are willing to do more challenging projects/tasks 5) Students are learning more about technology by using it (as well as learning the skill or task) I purchased an aerobic work out tape for kids in the Scholastic book order. They love to work through this during break on those cold winter days. We have used many of the media videos (like Ben Franklin) to correlate with reading themes and topics. We have used the tools for math. They love the dice. We use the board for Morning Message, Whole group writing activities, Reading Centers, and Math Manipulatives. It's one of the most effective tools that I have been given the opportunity to use this year! Thanks so much for making this a priority in the District! It's the future! from the spring 2007 survey of SmartClassroom participants in the Manakto Area Public Schools
A couple folks wrote in response to yesterday's blog entry about our interactive white board project in the district questioning the effectiveness of IWBs. Rather than me defend the project, I thought folks like might to see the results of a survey we did of this year's teacher participants (only). There were 6 closed questions and a place for comments. The complete results can be found here in pdf.
My initial guesses as to why our teachers like the SmartBoards:
- They resemble/combine already known technologies - the whiteboard, the computer screen and the overhead projector. This is not something completely new. Teacher started using them immediately.
- Teachers like that their kids find them attractive because of their visual learning styles and love of manipulatives. Greater attention and engagement. (The best teaching with these I have seen involves kids DOING work at the SmartBoard.)
- Great ready-made resources available for the technology made start up easy. Project participants have been creating and sharing many SmartBoard files.
- Committment to training by the district. (Never enough, but when is it?)
- Permanent installation of the products so reservations, set-up, etc. is minimized. It is always there and becomes a part of the teachers' routine teaching tools.
I am sure I will learn more as I analyze this and think about it more. I am technology skeptic, but I trust teachers when they tell me a product is effective.
What has been your experience?