The past two session have been about Interactive Whiteboards and Smartnote software, so I decided to combine the two in the same blog. And the past two session have been soooo much fun!

The session on Interactive Whiteboards has opened my eyes to how useful and educational using this piece of technology can actually be. I have used the Interactive Whiteboard before, in my own education and when on placement. During my 1A placement, I sure the Interactive Whiteboard being used on a daily basis; the teacher would often use the Whiteboard when teaching, and the children would use the WhiteBoard during session and during free play. When watching the children use the Interactive Whiteboard, they were able to use the Whiteboard unassisted – they also knew how to use and navigate around the Whiteboard, and were able to get themselves onto the games and software they wanted to use.

We had a group discussion about Interactive Whiteboards in schools and the benefits of it:

  • Development of fine and gross motor skills.
  • Children are able to be interactive and engage in the activities.
  • Children develop social skills through sharing and turn taking.

 

The following session was on the SmartNote programme, which is a programme used on the Interactive Whiteboards.
I had seen the SmartNote programme being used in  Primary Education and in the Early Years Foundation Stage when on Placement, and I have seen the programme being used for several different cross curricular subjects. There are hundreds of different ways to use this programme in education.

This programme can be used for many different curriculum subjects. There are activities related to phonics, writing, spelling, numeracy, science, geography and many other subjects. You are able to upload photos and videos onto the programme, and also create games and activities for the children to complete. The children are able to use the WhiteBoard unassisted with this programme and will be able to learn through being active and having fun.

Below is an example of how Smart Note can be used to teach a small part of maths, english or music.
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I believe this would be a valuable tool in the Early Years and Key Stage One, as children are able to be interactive and use the programme themselves.

Reflection:
After the past two sessions, I have seen how useful Interactive Whiteboards and SmartNote software can be. I believe that young children would thoroughly benefit from having access to technology like this, and although expensive, I believe that these pieces of technology are quite a high priority to have in every classroom. I would definitely use an Interactive Whiteboard in  the future, and would not hesitate to use SmartNote.

 

Further Reading:
After the session, I decided to read further on the uses of the Interactive Whiteboard and the Smart Notebook.

I found a BBC website which looks at the Interactive Whiteboards in more detail. One this website, it discusses some of the uses of the Interactive Whiteboards. Many different studies have shown that children have different Learning Styles, and the three most common learning styles are; Kinaesthetic learning, audio learning and visual learning. The Interactive Whiteboard accommodates all of these types of learning styles; there are plenty of visual and audio aids when using the Whiteboard, and those children who are kinaesthetic learners learn through being involved in the activities on the Interactive Whiteboard.

After looking at several of websites that have Interactive Whiteboard resources, I have found several resources that would be useful in schools, particularly in my recent placement. Towards the end of my placement, the children were learning about time, and this resource would have been ideal to teach them about the clock. There are hundred of different resources in the Teacher LED website, that I would consider using on placements.

 



1 Comment so far

  1.    Sarah on April 2, 2013 12:04 am      Reply

    Really enjoyed this post. It was good to see all the ppositives skills that can be developed from using a smart board. I think tey are great as long as they are used in moderation and alongside other resources.

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