At the school I work we have a Smart Boards in every classroom. That a fantastic working toll that is extremely useful in so many ways. To use a Smart Board you need to have a computer connected to it.
I have used the Smart Board in class to show movies like “Muzzy in Gondoland”, which the students love, and “Little Red Riding Hood”. We have been singing songs like “Old Mac Donald hade a farm” from Youtube were you can find the music with pictures and lyrics so it gets easy for students to learn the song. You can also write your own texts and put them up on the Smart Board so all the student can see them very easily.
When you have a Smart Board you can also have a program in your computer called “Notbook” and in that program you can create your own lessons and activities. You can create an activity for the students to practise on in pairs or by them self on the Smart Board. For example if they are learning fruits you can find pictures of fruits and put them on the “paper” in Notbook. Then you write the names of the fruits and after that student can pull them together combining pictures and names of the fruits. To do this you can either use the mouse on the computer or use your hand directly on the Smart Board.
The Smart Board can also be uses as a writing board instead of the regular whiteboard that is found in most classrooms. When you use the Smart Board to write on you get the opportunity to save the text if you want to use it again. Another way to use the Smart Board is to connect a special camera to it that allows you to look at books or items that you put under it and then it is displayed on the Smart Board.
It is also possible to take pictures of the things you put under the camera. Smart Board is a very good investment in schools because it is useful in so many ways in your everyday teaching.
Erika Klasson, 1EN06U