Teachers Hail Electronic Boards to “Engage Pupils”

Public school teachers train to use SMART Boards in classrooms

Teachers in the Peterborough area had their roles reversed recently as they became SMART Board students.

“It’s really exciting,” said Grade 6 teacher at King George Public School Kathryn Kastner, adding that pairing the interactive whiteboards with other classroom tools can be “very effective at getting students engaged and involved.”

Advanced Presentation Products, a Mississauga-based dealer of SMART Boards, hosted the day-long conference at the Holiday Inn.

The session was aimed at helping teachers integrate SMART Boards into their curriculums, said John Palbom, an education consultant with Advanced Presentation Products, part of the Advanced Inc. Group of companies who deliver a wide range of audio visual solutions right across Canada.

“It (SMART Boards) tends to transform how people teach by opening them up to all the types of new resources and students tend to interact with them,” he said adding the sessions lead to the sharing of ideas between teachers that help the education community grow.

“Every classroom should have one”

Christine Cho, a professor at the Trent University School of Education, was at the conference to “see how I could learn to teach teachers how to use (SMART Boards) in the classroom. The generation we are teaching has grown up on computer screens,” she said, adding “SMART Boards hit all levels” of students.

There was one thing it seemed all the about 85 teachers in the room could agree on.

“Every classroom should have one (Smart Board),” said Cho, as the five teachers around her nodded in approval.

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The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach over 18 million students in more than 600,000 classrooms in more than 100 countries worldwide. If you want to know how you can join the SMART whiteboard revolution, contact Advanced Inc. now or call  (800) 436-6239.

Source: The Peterborough Examiner

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