ERIC Number: EJ964069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
SMART Boards Rock
Giles, Rebecca M.; Shaw, Edward L.
Science and Children, v49 n4 p36-37 Dec 2011
SMART Board is a technology that combines the functionality of a whiteboard, computer, and projector into a single system. The interactive nature of the SMART Board offers many practical uses for providing an introduction to or review of material, while the large work area invites collaboration through social interaction and communication. As a result, SMART Boards are an effective means of augmenting typical teaching strategies to make science learning more motivational and meaningful for the internet savvy, technologically advanced youngsters who populate the elementary classrooms. When a group of kindergarten students was introduced to rock types--igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic--using the SMART Board as an instructional tool, their enthusiasm was obvious and their interest was evidenced by their rapt attention. The integration of SMART Board instruction in science may boost teachers' comfort level with teaching science and, as a result, increase the amount of science being taught, the enjoyment of the lessons, and the students' success with concepts being conveyed.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Interpersonal Relationship, Kindergarten, Teaching Methods, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Projection Equipment, Bulletin Boards, Visual Aids, Educational Equipment, Interactive Video, Educational Strategies, Science Instruction, Science Education, Geology, Simulation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
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