The 2nd post in a series focused on learning about Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom.
Last week we kicked off this series by learning the basics about what an interactive whiteboard is, and researched which brands are the most popular today. After discoveringÂ that the SMART Board brand from Smart Technologies controls more of the marketplace than all of the other brands combined, we then started looking into the different types of SMART Boards and their features and functionality.
Today we move that effort forward by providing a number of videos that help us better understand how these devices work and what we can do with them in the classroom. I combed throughÂ the manyÂ videos about SMART Boards available on YouTube, viewed dozens of them,Â and selected and organized the videos below to provide a good overview ofÂ how these systems can be used in the classroom, andÂ how they are set up and configured.
I've grouped these videos into a twoÂ categories. The first group of videos gets right to the heart of the matter – ways in whichÂ these tools be used in the classroom. I've purposely gone for variety here, toÂ reflect the reality of the world we all live and work inÂ – we see teachers who work atÂ differentÂ education levels, and some videos that are quiteÂ professional mixedÂ withÂ some that are more casually produced.Â Following those are a fewÂ videos that help toÂ provide technical insight into these systems, and answerÂ theÂ question, “What does it take toÂ install and configure and SMART Board?”
How SMART Boards can be used in the classroom:
- This brief (2 min.) video (embedded above) provides a quick overviewÂ of a higher educationÂ instructor using a SMART Board during the lecture process, annotating his PowerPpoint Slides right on the SMART Board, which he can then save, and edit later. This definitely made me want to learn more.
- This (8 min.) video shows the SMART Board in action,Â with this instructor providing a hands-on demonstration of some of the available functions of the system, and also shows the simpleÂ “orientation”Â process that must be conducted at the beginningÂ of a SMART Board session.
- Kindergarten teacher Mary Lehman won a Smart Technology SMART Board video contest for this (4 min.) video, in which she provides anÂ overview of the impressive ways in whichÂ she uses the system withÂ theseÂ youngÂ students.
- This professor ofÂ undergraduate Physics demonstrates a powerful array of things she does with theÂ SMART Board. This video is a bit long (10.5 min.), but it's packedÂ with demonstrations ofÂ a wide range ofÂ functionality, including the use of the Notebook software that is provided forÂ the system.
- Here we haveÂ a middle schoolÂ teacher providing a (4 min.) demonstration ofÂ the SMART BoardÂ and the Notebook software, offering some perspective on how he uses it in the classroom.
- I'll concludeÂ this section with this 1 min. video that demonstrates one of the new features in the latest version of the Notebook software that adds so much functionality to the system. Software upgrades like this make it possible forÂ SMART Boards that are purchased today to be improved on tomorrow without having to buy new hardware.
Technical Functionality (Installation, Configuration, Use):
Here's a fewÂ videosÂ for the technical folks, orÂ for teachers who might have toÂ do their own set up and configuration and want to get a sense of what it takes to set these systems up.Â Some of these may beÂ specific to different models and configurations, but they still help to give a sense of what it can take to install, prepare, and useÂ these systems, and some of the technical considerations associated with doing so.
- This brief (< 2 min.) video provides aÂ quick look at the assembly and installation of a SMART Board 600i.
- This “3 minute Tech Track” video explains basic set up and software installation.
- Last,Â we have thisÂ (6 min.) “Beginner's Guide” to the SMART Board that shows start up, orientation, etc.
This mix of videos helped to give me a much more informed sense of what SMART Boards are all about and how they are being used by educatorsÂ – I hope they did the same for you.
As I mentioned last week, I have begun arranging demonstrations of some Interactive Whiteboards at the college whereÂ I oversee Institutional Technology. In addition to the SMART Board systems, we will also be checking out someÂ other popular brands (such as PolyVision – we have a demonstration of these systems scheduled this week). I will be sharing our findings as I continue this series of posts.
For next week's post,Â I willÂ focus onÂ some of theÂ other popularÂ brands, and try to get a sense of how they differentiate themselves from Smart Technology's offerings, and why I might want to consider one of these alternatives. I hope you'll come back and continue learning with us!
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