Interactive whiteboards – SMART Boards in action

April 30th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Smart board teacherA SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard connected to a computer that allows users to deliver dynamic and interactive lessons, navigate the internet, write notes in digital ink, and save work – all with the simple touch of a finger.

Introduced by a Canadian organization called SMART Technologies in 1991, SMART Boards are now used worldwide in education, business, government and military settings.

Whiteboard and software

SMART Boards are available in different sizes and offer a variety of features.  They can be used alone as a whiteboard that is connected to a computer to navigate websites, display pictures and videos, or even to draw on or make notes. But their ultimate power comes from the SMART Notebook learning software that expands the SMART Board’s capabilities, allowing users to create their own interactive lesson plans and activities or to utilize the SMART Exchange website. SMART Exchange is an online community and resource collection for educators, providing SMART Board users with more than 51,000 free digital resources, lesson plans and activities.

Examples

Read Peel District School Board gets SMART article to see how the staff at the Peel District School Board (PDSB)’s Literacy & Basic Skills program is embracing SMART Board technology and their students are achieving better learning outcomes.

Click here to explore case studies on how other organizations – from kindergarten classes to universities to private and non-profit groups to the military – have been benefiting from SMART Board technology.

Over the last few years, many literacy organizations have added SMART Boards to their classrooms as well.

At AlphaPlus, we installed a SMART Board in our Boardroom and we use it for meetings, note- taking, videoconferencing, and sometimes for fun! It is amazing to write on the whiteboard and then quickly erase the content with a swipe of a hand or to navigate through a website or document with a simple touch! Our SMART Board reminds us that technology can be interactive and exciting.

If you are interested in testing a SMART Board, we invite you to visit AlphaPlus! We will be happy to share with you how a SMART Board works and give you a chance to “play” with it. If you are looking for a meeting space, you can use our Boardroom and SMART Board tools as well.

Check out this video to see how SMART Boards are used by teachers:

 Explore some of the SMART Board features:

 A wide range of informative and educational videos about SMART Boards can be found on the SMART Classrooms channel on YouTube or by searching YouTube for other SMART Board related videos.


Research

Research indicates that interactive whiteboards increase student engagement, learner motivation and knowledge retention. The technology has been successful in reaching students with a variety of learning styles, including those with special needs.

Click here to find more information about research on the SMART Board’s impact on teaching and learning, motivation and satisfaction, mathematics and science, literacy and language, pedagogy and special education.


Additional information

To learn more about SMART Boards, explore the training and professional development section of the SMART Technologies website. It offers information on upcoming events, on-site training, live online training and full training certification.

It is a good idea to register for SMART Learning Space as well. It will give you customized access to training and information on SMART Boards.

Finally, you may choose to subscribe to SMART publications to gain access to a wide range of newsletters and magazines related to SMART Boards and SMART technologies.

A general internet search will also provide you with a wide range of tools, articles and information about SMART Boards.

Here are some articles and links we thought you would find useful:

SMART Board Facts

Smart Approach to SMART Boards

The Wow Factor and the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard: “Do You Got Wow?”

How the Smart Board Has Changed My Teaching

Ten Ways to Get Smart With SMARTboard

Interactive White Boards – Training and Tips

SMART Board™ & Other Interactive Whiteboard Resources


Distributors

There are many SMART Board resellers in Canada and abroad. Click here to find Ontario resellers, or visit the Resellers in your area page for more search options.


Cost

To get started with a SMART Board, you will need the interactive whiteboard, an LCD projector, and a computer with the Notebook software installed. In total, this will cost between two and five thousand dollars.


Alternatives

Explore an article on Alternatives to a Smart Board if you would like to search for other interactive whiteboard products.