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Jim Tiffin Jr

What makes an interactive whiteinteractive interactive? - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog - 25 views

  • But many advocates of this technology (myself included), see IWBs as genuine means of bringing more interactivity, more student-focus into classrooms of traditional teachers
  • What we don't want to forget is that someone who is coaching a teacher is not really looking for "good technology use" but for just good educational practices. Having an IWB is not going to change a lecturer into something else.
  • Any item in the Instruction domain can be enhanced using an IWB.
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  • just because a teacher has an IWB doesn't mean it has to be used every minute of the day. And yes, a teacher can create truly interactive lessons without using any technology whatsoever.
  • use the SmartNotebook software that works with the hardware to organize materials, to find and share lessons, and to seamlessly blend multimedia into lessons.
  • While popular (2007, 2010, interactive white interactives (IWBs) are controversial even (or especially) among technology enthusiasts. The major complaint is that the use of these devices reinforces the "sage on the stage" teaching methodology. "The IWB is little more than a fancy overhead projector and its touch sensitive screen is only used to save the teacher a couple steps back to the computer to change a slide."
    Blog post that articulates some of the best practices for incorporating an interactive white interactive (IWB), like a interactive interactive, into your classroom in meaningful and instructionally sound ways.
Mr Casal

SMART SMART video tutorials - 107 views

    Video Tutorials to help get smarter at using your smart smart smart whitesmart in the classroom Fusion Universal Management - Video Library
Betty Powell

SMART SMART Templates - 2 views

    great SMART SMART templates for all grade levels
    Smart Smart Templates
Holly Barlaam

Interactive WhiteInteractives Resources - 255 views

    tips and strategies for using your interactive whiteinteractive/interactive interactive
Jonathan Wylie

Interactive WhiteInteractive Games for Classroom Review Activities - 114 views

    These interactive whiteinteractive games are a great way to review units of study in the classroom. All are based on popular TV shows and are fun and engaging for the whole class. Download the templates, customize them to your own needs, and you will be ready to play these great games on an interactive whiteinteractive or LCD projector.
Sue Bailey

Smart, Smarter, Smartest - 131 views

    Pinterest board with resources for your board whiteboard. Try using this URL:
    Link doesn't work :-(

Technology in Schools Faces Questions on Value - - 70 views

  • When it comes to showing results, he said, “We better put up or shut up.”
  • Critics counter that, absent clear proof, schools are being motivated by a blind faith in technology and an overemphasis on digital skills — like using PowerPoint and multimedia tools — at the expense of math, reading and writing fundamentals. They say the technology advocates have it backward when they press to upgrade first and ask questions later.
  • how the district was innovating.
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  • district was innovating
  • there is no good way to quantify those achievements — putting them in a tough spot with voters deciding whether to bankroll this approach again
  • “We’ve jumped on bandwagons for different eras without knowing fully what we’re doing. This might just be the new bandwagon,” he said. “I hope not.”
  • $46.3 million for laptops, classroom projectors, networking gear and other technology for teachers and administrators.
  • If we know something works
  • it is hard to separate the effect of the laptops from the effect of the teacher training
  • The high-level analyses that sum up these various studies, not surprisingly, give researchers pause about whether big investments in technology make sense.
  • Good teachers, he said, can make good use of computers, while bad teachers won’t, and they and their students could wind up becoming distracted by the technology.
    • anonymous
      yep - so where does leadership come in?
  • “Test scores are the same, but look at all the other things students are doing: learning to use the Internet to research, learning to organize their work, learning to use professional writing tools, learning to collaborate with others.”
  • “It’s not the stuff that counts — it’s what you do with it that matters.”
  • “There is a connection between the physical hand on the paper and the words on the page,” she said. “It’s intimate.”
  • “They’re inundated with 24/7 media, so they expect it,”
  • The 30 students in the classroom held wireless clickers into which they punched their answers. Seconds later, a pie chart appeared on the screen: 23 percent answered “True,” 70 percent “False,” and 6 percent didn’t know.
  • rofessor Cuban at Stanford argues that keeping children engaged requires an environment of constant novelty, which cannot be sustained.
  • engagement is a “fluffy
  • term” that can slide past critical analysis.
  • creating an impetus to rethink education entirely
    • Steve Ransom
      Like teaching powerpoint is "rethinking education". Right.
  • guide on the side.
  • Professor Cuban at Stanford
  • But she loves the fact that her two children, a fourth-grader and first-grader, are learning technology, including PowerPoint
  • that computers can distract and not instruct.
  • Mr. Share bases his buying decisions on two main factors: what his teachers tell him they need, and his experience. For instance, he said he resisted getting the interactive whiteinteractives sold as interactive interactives until, one day in 2008, he saw a teacher trying to mimic the product with a jury-rigged projector setup. “It was an ‘Aha!’ moment,” he said, leading him to buy interactive interactives, made by a company called interactive Technologies.
  • This is big business.
  • “Do we really need technology to learn?” she said. “It’s a very valid time to ask the question, right before this goes on the ballot.”
    Shallow (still important) analysis of the major issues regarding technology integration in schools.
Roberta Bandfield

Research : For Educators : Promethean. - 39 views

    Dr. Robert Marzano's Evaluation Study on Promethean's ActivClassroom Effect on Student Achievement shows that "Effective teaching practices combined with interactive classroom technologies significantly boosts student academic performance." It was commissioned by Promethean, so take it with a grain of salt, but the actual report looks fairly convincing. I would need somebody with more expertise in statistics to verify the research methods, though.
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    Interesting research
    You have to assume two things when looking at this research....1. People have had adequate training using the Promethean boards using effective teaching practices, and 2. that the teacher has good teaching practices in place. The other thing to consider, could we get the same or better results using a Document camera, laptop, & LCD projector? I bet we could and it's a lot cheaper solution.
    We call those 'extraneous' variables. Another point to consider is, was it the actual Promethean board? or can we extend these results to include other board whiteboards, such as board? Just wondering.
Steve Ransom

Smart Smarts: A classroom asset? - Local News from - 5 views

  • most common SmartSmart uses were showing videos and information from the Web.
    • Steve Ransom
      Yes... to project stuff. A wall would be a whole lot cheaper!
  • oschese now prefers the "$2 whiteboard," a two- by two-and-a-half foot dry-erase whiteboard a small group of students can use while working on a problem. That type of board is truly board, he said, and makes learning social.
  • "Interactive whiteInteractives don't really lend themselves to that kind of pedagogy," Noschese said. "I think the teaching style has a lot more impact on the kids than a piece of equipment."
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  • "It's still just showing them something on a screen," Noschese said. "It needs to be more student-centered."
  • Noschese still uses his SmartSmart, mainly as a projector.
  • Teacher training can reduce the risk of the devices being used as glorified projectors or reinforcing the lecture model.
N Carroll

SmartSmart Math Lessons - 95 views

    Site featuring Interactive WhiteInteractive activities
    Hi Harvey, Thank you so much for sharing this. I am a middle school language arts teacher and I was able to find the SMART exchange page from you posting. I am pioneering with a SMART SMART on wheels in my classroom with minimal support so this is great.
    SmartSmart lessons for math categorized by the different strands
Steve Ransom

Amid Layoffs, City to Spend More on School Technology - - 28 views

  • At P.S. 97, a popular 800-student elementary school in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the Internet has been running slowly because the school went from just three interactive white interactives — popularly known as interactive interactives — to 16 this year. It also has a computer lab and one computer per classroom.
    • Steve Ransom
      I guess no teacher ever thought of using a projector to access online content before. Sad that this is mostly what happens with expensive IWB hardware.
Martin Burrett

Math Interactives - 207 views

    Nice IWB or Smart Smart activities for both theory and application of maths concepts.
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    Not getting into your site. Is it down?
    I hoped if I just waited a day the site would be back up. I really am interested in good math interactives. I am hopeful the site will be restored or redirected.
    I agree. The day I used it, it was fine but the day after it was down. It seems the whole 'learnalberta' site is down.
    Ok. I offer this site instead:
    Ok, as of Thursday at 8:30 (Australian Time) this site is back up!
    A great general maths site with lots of tutorials, activities and games which will help your students at school and at home.

french lessons - SMART SMART Revolution - 66 views

    There are several websites that have French Notebook files or websites that work great on the SMARTSMART. Here is the list that I have collected. If anyone has more to add, please add them so everyone can benefit.
megan Heath

SMART SMART Goodies - 24 views

  • watch your stickman come to life! This activity will be a hit in your classroom! My 4th graders loved it. What a hoot!
    A great repository of smartsmart lessons/activites.
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