SMART Boards make smart kids

Students embrace interactive technology that fosters engagement, love of learning.

Excerpts taken from Etobicoke – The Guardian (June 12, 2008)

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The popular TV game show Deal or No Deal is making math fun for Grade 5 students at an inner-city north Etobicoke school thanks to interactive technology.

The ooohs! grew louder and louder as the banker’s offer to North Kipling Junior Middle School student Gurleen Saini reached $122,000 before it plummeted to a mere $3,000 as the 10-year-old tested her probability of winning $1 million on a SMART Board Tuesday afternoon to an audience of more than 100 students, teachers and school administrators gathered in the library of West Glen Junior School. 

The cluster of seven Etobicoke schools shared their successes with the SMART Boards at West Glen Junior School earlier this week.Outfitting seven schools in its cluster with two portable SMART Boards each is how Kingsview Village Junior School used part of its first $1 million under the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) Model Schools for Inner Cities initiative.  

Model Schools is a three-year project that focuses parents, teachers and the community on the needs of children inside and out of the classroom. TDSB trustees will decide at a meeting later this month whether to fund Kingsview and the three other Phase II model schools for another year.

SMART Boards are an interactive whiteboard with a touch-sensitive surface that controls a computer, and allows teachers to create interactive presentations with text, pictures and links to the Internet.

Mississauga-based Advanced Presentation Products supplied the seven schools with the SMART Boards, developed by Calgary-based SMART Technologies Inc.

“I’m big on student engagement, student dialogue, teaching moments between kids and teachers, the interactivity,” said West Glen principal Jeanette Lang. “It’s a teaching tool that makes learning fun. It builds self-esteem by role modeling that mistakes are good. Mistakes are what foster learning. We create a climate that allows risk-taking and how to problem solve.

SMART Board lesson software encourages students to try again if their answer is incorrect in a safe way that builds confidence and promotes group discussion. Special-needs students receive particular benefit from SMART Boards because they learn best from hands-on learning, Lang said. She believes the technology could have far reaching implications for the Game Boy and iPod generation.Click here to read the full story.  

For more information on SMART Boards, contact us at 905-502-1110 or info@advanced-inc.com

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