Technology in the Classroom: The Benefits of Smart Boards

The article below describes the benefits of Smart Boards.

http://www.teachhub.com/technology-classroom-benefits-smart-boards

I think it is interesting that the article touched upon the fact that Smart Boards can be useful for differentiating learning. The article states, “Visual learners are able to observe the whiteboard, while tactile learners can learn by touching the board. The touchscreen option allows teachers to run programs with the tap of their finger.” This allows for different types of learning as well as a great way to engage the students. The students can experience many visuals and videos as well as interact with the board. The article also states that they are easy to use, especially because of the no ink pen. However, there are several technical difficulties that can occur which can delay the learning process. Forever, teachers can also present information from websites to the students, which could not have been done with just an overhead projector. The article again, the stresses the level of engagement and success that is present with using Smart Boards. I remember when I was in middle school, I always wanted to write on the Smart Board, therefore I would frequently participate. I think a lot of students are excited by this high-tech tool and enjoy learning with it because it creates a positive learning environment in which students are actually interested in learning. However, I know some teachers have Smart Boards in their classroom and barely use it, which is a waste of resources and potential learning. This goes back to the point we have discussed that some teachers do not want to change their ways and embrace the use of technology. I believe that if teachers have the availability of technology in their classroom they should attend workshops to learn how to use them in order to enhance students’ learning.

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