10 Strategies for Implementing Smart Technologies
Studies show the positive impact of smart technologies on student engagement in the classroom. They can be used to deliver instruction in a variety of ways that may be categorized based on three modalities of learning: visual learning, auditory learning, and tactile learning (Beeland, 2002).
Strategy #1: Integrate Small Group Work
The basics: Have students work collaboratively. As the instructor, you can move from group to group offering encouragement and inciting further discussion. During the group work, students are responsible for specific tasks about the course content (i.e. locate online resources, develop multimedia infographics, create small presentations, etc.). Allow student groups to share their collaborative efforts with the whole class via the SmartBoard.
Strategy #2: Teach from the Front of the Class
The basics: Smart technology can essentially turn your computer into a ‘touch device,’ allowing for control of your computer from the front of the room. Nearly all computer capabilities, navigations, and functions can be commanded from the board.
Strategy #3: Present Immersive Media Rich Lessons
The basics: With Smart Notebook (and even other presentation software, such as PowerPoint, Prezi, etc) you can create media-rich lessons that seamlessly integrate text, images, and videos all into one immersive file.
Strategy #4: Import PowerPoints and Create Interactions
The basics: Use your created PowerPoints and import them into Smart Notebook. With minor additions, you can create interactive presentations for your Face to Face classes, while retaining all of your content.
Strategy #5: Lecture on the Fly
The basics: Using SmartBoard Technologies, address student questions and feedback to your lectures in real-time. Based on student responses, you can further explain the content with your handwritten notes over your pre-created lecture slides. Offer the revised slides to students via D2L.
Strategy #6: Student Interactions at the Board
The basics: Student engagement and interaction is a mainstay of Smart Technologies. Smart Notebook contains a plethora of interactive pre-made activities and lessons centered around student interactions. Integrate readily available and freely used Web 2.0 applications through the SmartBoard.
Strategy #7: Ask Questions Using a Student Response System
The basics: Instructors integrate polling questions into the flow of their face-to-face meetings to re-engage learners. Using Polleverywhere and the SmartBoard, you can activate, highlight and address student questions in real-time.
Strategy #8: Control Content through your Tablet
The basics: Like other Interactive White Boards (IWBs), you can use your tablet (iPad, Android device) to control your desktop projections on the board. This allows you to be mobile in class, while you lecture and present. Students can also interact with your lessons from the SmartBoard at the same time.
Strategy #9: Brainstorming Sessions
The basics: Using the SmartBoard Technologies, allow your class to brainstorm ideas on the board. Ideas can quickly be erased, edited, grouped, copied, saved, and shared.
Strategy #10: Interactive Problem Solving
The basics: Create equations using SmartBoard Technologies. Lock them down, and let students problem-solve the equations with help from students and the instructor. Easily edit, clear, copy or save solutions for future use or review.
Beeland Jr., W.D. (2002). Student Engagement, Visual Learning and Technology: Can Interactive Whiteboards Help? Retrieved March 23, 2004.