SMART Boards: Changing the Way Students Learn and Teachers Teach

It’s official. The SMART Board and interactive media tool are changing the way students learn and how teachers teach.

The SMART Board and interactive media tool was created in Canada nearly 15 years ago. In England, however, a mandate has been created that SMART Boards should be installed in every classroom by 2009.

Toronto-based audio visual specialists Advanced Inc, held a workshop Peterborough, Ontario as part of their PD (Professional Development Series) showcase tour. The aim is to demonstrate the terrific benefits that the whiteboard technology offers as well as helping teachers there to navigate and overcome the learning curve.

One teacher commented, “I’ve certainly got rid of my chalk and chalk brush,” before adding, “it certainly makes the students more involved in the lesson, keeps their attention that much longer and I am able to also access the Internet and have it directly up on the screen – so it has been a great improvement in my program.”

Most teachers here are now using them on a regular basis. They say that over a period of 1-2 years, they end up stepping back from being the person that does the teaching to the students doing more of the work in the classroom. They become more of a guide, the students become experts and they become much more involved.

Whiteboards are used from kindergarten to secondaries and universities. The resources in the software allow you to make us of it with each of those different groups. On top of that, you can also make use of it with any software application that currently runs on your computer.

So, if you are teaching AutoCad to students at the secondary level you can use that, if you are teaching students to program using Java or C++, you can demonstrate, you can illustrate, and you can actually built it whilst you are standing here at the SMART Board because you can pull up that computer screen to work with it.

Join the whiteboard revolution with Advanced Inc.

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.

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