Teachers Hooking Up To New Smart Boards

High-tech tool benefits students raised on the web

Barrie area teachers are proving to be on the cutting edge, using interactive whiteboards to help them engage a generation of students weaned on the web.

“Technology has many benefits for learning in the classroom. Students today learn in different ways because they are what we call ‘digital natives.’ In other words, they have used technology all their lives,” said Anita Townsend, principal of curriculum, Simcoe County District School Board.

An interactive information session was held for area teachers on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in Barrie.

Interactive whiteboards, also known as Smart Boards, are rising in popularity in classrooms around the world. In the United Kingdom, 70 per cent of all primary and secondary classrooms have interactive whiteboards, compared with just 16 per cent in the United States. Students in classrooms with the devices installed made the equivalent of five months additional progress in math.

“We have Smart Boards in most of our schools this year. We did extensive training in the board over the past two years in the use of Smart Boards in the classroom. Sessions were held for teachers to learn the technology and the applications to classroom practice,” Townsend said.

Smart Board technology allows teachers to revisit previous class notes, which helps to review content and tie curriculum together over a school year.

A recent study in the UK noted that interactive whiteboards and other technology can help circle and highlight complex ideas to make them more concrete and draw attention to particular features for students.

“We have been involved in our board in a strategic planning process over the past six months for the use of information communication technology in schools. We have engaged board staff and community groups in the planning process,” Townsend said.

“Once we analyze the data we have received in this process we will be making further decisions about the use of technology and what we need to provide to schools in equipment and to teachers in professional development,” Townsend said.

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 Source: The Barrie Examiner.

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