How to Use a Smart Board in the Classroom

Michelle Bouslog
Michelle Bouslog

In 2019, 21st century learners are being prepared in the classroom so they can succeed in school, work, and life. The academic skills these students are being taught are interwoven with technology, as this technological world is one that students today were born into. Technology enriches student’s learning, and can engage them as they develop their academic skills. One technology tool that has been a staple in many classrooms is the use of a smart board. Smart boards combine the functionality of a whiteboard, a computer, and a projector all into one. This tool is versatile, engaging, and impactful. There are many different ways to implement smart boards into the classroom, and anyone from a novice teacher to an expert can use them. Here are some examples of ways a teacher can start using smart boards today.

Games Increase Student Engagement

Games are an easy way to get students engaged and motivated in their learning. Smart boards make it easy for a teacher to create games or easily access premade ones. One such game, Shout it Out!, is an activity where kids submit answers to a game show-like projected quiz by using a 1:1 device such as a computer, iPad, or smartphone (if they are allowed in your school).  Not only is this a fun way to review material, but it gives every student a voice and a chance to contribute.

If using premade games such as Shout it Out! seems a little intimidating to a beginning user, there are simpler ways to incorporate games. Do students need to review for a vocabulary test? Use a virtual dice that students can roll, be shown a vocab word, and then respond electronically with a definition. Or edit the dice with addition and subtraction questions. Most smart boards offer a search tab where one can find such editable tools. The options with dice are endless, and the use of a smart board gets students participating and engaged in activities.

Student Interaction in the Classroom

If a teacher is still not sure about where to start, students get really excited about various pen features that can interact with the smart board. Try calligraphic pens, crayons, magic pens (used to magnify a section or to disappear what you just wrote), or creative pens. You can also simply let the students add a smiley face emoji to their correct answer by using pictures or stamp pad features. The options for engaging learners are endless.

If a teacher is still not sure where to begin or gets stuck along the way, there are instructional support buttons where a user can connect with a specialist who will guide them through their problems in real time. Users also have options of scheduling a different time that is more convenient for them.

A smart board is an easy and versatile way for teachers to make their instruction more engaging and meaningful.

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