Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Benefits of a SMART Board

This article was written for Zion Lutheran Church's quarterly newsletter "The Visitor"

Within a classroom a variety of learners sit in their desks. The class is split between visual, auditory, and tactile learners. In addition to the different learning styles, the students have different abilities. And finally, the students have different interests. With all of these students, one teacher must mesh all of the diversity together into one effective learning environment. A SMART Board is a tool that can help a teacher to do this successfully.

Over the past two years, Zion Lutheran School has been blessed by being able to purchase 11 SMART Boards for our classrooms. A SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that allows users to touch, write on, and view images that are being projected from a computer. This tool that can provide a teacher with many options for instruction and give great variety to lessons. Some of the benefits of SMART Boards in the classroom include:

  • Lessons can be created to easily include videos, music, graphics, games, and interactive activities.
  • Teachers can model a variety of effective note taking methods.
  • Teachers AND students can use technology to collaborate with others in the classroom or all over the world. The SMART Board can assist with many types of collaboration.
  • Teachers can print or email a lesson to a student who is absent and missed class.
  • Lessons can be created to provide an effective flow and sequence with prepared leading and discussion questions.
  • Many different graphic organizers (tables, charts, and Venn diagrams) can be used to categorize ideas, concepts, and data.

Technology integrated into instruction can take a classroom, bounded by four walls, and open it up to the world. SMART Boards are one example of how we can integrate technology into education and are one step toward technology having a positive impact in the classrooms of Zion Lutheran School.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

How Twitter is Similar to my Health Club

My top 5 reasons that twitter is similar to my health club.

5. With twitter and at the health club, everyone is usually very nice. People are very encouraging and supportive of one another.

4. PLN/PLM. My Personal Learning Network helps me grow professionally through other teachers, administrators, and educators. My Personal Lifting Machines including the fly machine, curl machine, and the bench press machine help me grow physically.

3. With both twitter and exercising, the more you do it, the more you are hooked.

2. Many of the people you follow on twitter do not use their real names (cybraryman1, NMHS_Principal, web20classroom, tonnet, TheTechSpec). At the health club, you do not many people by name, instead they have nicknames (skeletor, harry larry, spandex man, goober, skin colored biker shorts lady, loud singing iPod guy, Dan the Man, and Lance Armstrong)

1. Your twitter updates can only be 140 characters. Health club members must weigh less than 140 pounds. Members must also only eat food less than 140 calories.