SMART Love of Learning Blog TourSaturday, May 22, 2010
Today, teaching has taken on a whole new look. Blackboards are becoming whiteboards, audio cassettes are now on CD or in mp3 format and overhead projectors are being replaced with LCD projectors. Our world is no longer complete without some form of remarkable technology touching our lives in some way and on a daily basis. To think of all the advancements made in my lifetime alone, it's astonishing. Never did I imagine I could get my students up off their chairs in excitement over a computer screen brought to life. And that's what happened today.
Today was a first of many exciting days to come.
Today I used a SMART Board!
Never in a million years would I believe that I could stand in front of a class of intermediate students and watch them ALL gaze intently as a fellow classmate raced against the clock to conjugate a verb in the passé composé. Never! I mean, everyone was watching! Including myself. It was so incredible to witness 12 and 13 year old kids manipulate this amazing piece of technology as if it were second nature to them, when for some it was their first time. Do you have an idea what this SMART Board is? Sit back and watch this video showing what you can do with it and why it's so easy to use, because really, my explanation won't do the SMART Board any justice.
So there you have it, an interactive whiteboard that incorporates hands-on learning and interactive technology that is captivating and easy to use. You can use it as interactive word wall, a video screen, a game board, the possibilities are virtually endless. Basically, whatever you can do on your computer and through the internet, you can do using the SMART Board in conjunction with their software and make it all interactive to suit your needs. It's a teacher's dream come true!
That is why I take great pleasure in bringing to you the SMART Love of Learning Blog Tour care of Mom Central Canada. If you are a parent and you are interested in raising funds towards a SMART Board for your child's school, visit the SMART Love of Learning Facebook page and click on the ToolKit tab to access some useful tips to help get you started. And while you're there, why not enter their contest to win a SMART Board for a school of your choice? All you need to do is share a short story about someone who instilled a love of learning in you. You can also tweet about and share the link on Delicious for a couple of extra entries, too! Not on Facebook? Not a problem. Visit the SMART Love of Learning website and you can enter there as well as access the tool kit.
Our school only has one SMART Board to use with a potential 650+ students but logistically, it doesn't work so well. So the more you have, the better, right? I just completed my second workshop to learn more about how we can use it in the classroom and I have decided to make it a mission to use it in all of my nine classes and give an opportunity to each of the 200+ students I teach to use the SMART Board by the end of this year. I know that doesn't give me a lot of time but I am so excited about what it's capable of and I really want my students to share in the excitement. Wouldn't you?
Before I sign off, I want to share with you a really creative stop motion YouTube video which illustrates how SMART Technologies is making it easier for us teachers to inspire a love of learning in our students. Watch for all of the elements of nature and real-life objects that can spark creativity and enliven your imagination. Here it is - SMART Love of Learning.
Disclosure: This post was written as part of a Mom Central blog campaign. I will receive a gift card as a thank you for participating. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own honest opinions and have not been influenced in any way.