As a teacher there are a lot beneficial aspects to using SMART technology in the classroom. It is a great new advance that teachers can use to reach more students. By this I mean if a student is more of a visual learner, it allows me to show them pictures and videos of problems. But if a student is a hands on kind of learner, I can still have them come up to the board and do out a problem. There are a lot of other great benefits to these boards such as, they’re environmentally friendly, they increase student participation, and they have online resources.

While SMART boards and other interactive white boards are helpful in all classes, they are especially helpful in a math class. Which is why I will be using them in my classroom. It allows me to easily access a video so my students can have another example of how to do a problem, it allows me to have a student come up to the board and write out a problem, and it also allows me to show things in a different perspective than a paper would allow me to do. I can show things like three dimensional shapes so students can get a better understanding of how math works. But one of my favorite things about the SMART boards is that I can stand in the front of the classroom and have my students collaboratively tell me how to do the problem so they can not only work together but I can see where my students are struggling and where they are thriving so I can go in and fine tune all of the things that need to be worked on and not the things that my students have down pat.

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You make a lot of good points, especially when you stated that you can use it to show examples and the kids can interact.

You must be a great math teacher!

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I appreciate you noting about being a visual learner! I feel like in many classes that is forgotten about. Also, I really like that you want to teach your students multiple ways to do a problem using other sources! Then can students can find a way that works best for them!

Great thoughts!

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I really liked how you had talked about how smart boards work with both hands on and visual learning. But I also like how you talked about how you can use one in a math class. It allows the students to be more involved in the class.

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I remember being a student in my algebra II trig class in high school, and my teacher used a SMART board in the classroom. I really liked when she would pick one of us to come up to the SMART board and show the class how to solve a problem. It was a lot of fun writing on the board with the colored pens. Also, after solving the problem in front of the class, I gained confidence that I would be able to solve that particular problem on the test.

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I think an important part of Smart Boards in math would be the ability for students to come work out a problem as you mentioned. It’s definitely easier to learn math if you can do problems with your classmates and see how the work is actually done!

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How is a Smart Board in a math classroom any different than a blackboard? Solely because of the connection to other media? I am just thinking of round classroom work, with a Smart board only two or three people can work at a time, then the students in their seats are disengaged. How would you keep them on task?

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I have found that if I ask a student to go up to the board instead of simply asking them to solve it themselves, I have students work together. Whichever student is at the board would say their thoughts aloud and students at their seats can ask questions, add feedback, etc. I have found that this really gets everyone in class thinking together.

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