Internet for Education
April 17, 2005
Journal Review – SMART boards
Over the last few years teachers have been encouraged to incorporate technology
into their classrooms. They have been asked to use calculators, the Internet, computer
software and many other forms. One new technology device is called the SMART board.
This board looks like a white board but has so many more functions. The SMART board
can be connected to your computer and used as an interactive screen. The teacher or
student can write on the SMART board and it will be transferred to the computer. A
teacher can create a power point presentation and then add in extra information by simply
writing on the board while lecturing. These SMART boards can be used for many
applications to make learning fun but they are very expensive.
This journal article is about a fourth grade class and their use of the SMART
board during instruction. The teacher incorporated the new technology into her lessons
for ten weeks, to determine its usefulness. She kept a log of the classroom activities to
assess the lessons. She also asked for students and parents input about he technology.
After the ten weeks she determined that the SMART board did enhance the lesson and
motivate the students. Both students and parents were also impressed with the SMART
boards. They felt that the boars made the class more interesting and also created more
time for one on one attention from the teacher.
I have heard about the positive implications of the SMART boards in the past. I
have also heard of the large expense to put them in the classroom. I think these boards
would make the class more interesting and interactive. Instead of using overheads, the
teacher could do everything from the computer and write on the board. I also believe the
students would be more engaged if the lessons were done using these boards. Students
love new technology, which would keep them interested and motivated. They also love
to write on the board, so using this would let them become the instructor in the
classroom. When classrooms are more engaging and interesting, it also diminishes bad
behavior and classroom distractions. I think the SMART board should be put into
classroom and used in instruction. If the board is too expensive, there could be a
SMART board lab that can be used every once and a while. I also feel that technology
can sometimes be used just to satisfy the district rather that to enhance the lesson. This
type of technology is not intrusive and would satisfy the idea to incorporate technology
while enhancing the lesson and the learning.