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Topic: The Unknowns of the SMART Board

Many educators utilize the SMART Board for one thing and one thing only, note taking. With the upcoming 21st-century students, it's time we look deeper into technology starting with the resources we already have. The SMART Board is full of useful and beneficial resources; you'll see just a few throughout this mini-course. Go ahead and grab your note pad, you'll want to take notes.

This mini-course will give you an insight on many different aspects of the SMART Board. Based on Gagne's Five Learning Outcomes:

  • You will learn to create fun, interactive study games, review, or simply practice -- Cognitive & Intellectual Skills
  • You will get more comfortable when using your SMART Board -- Motor & Verbal Skills
  • You will build the courage to look deeper into the resource to find more activities that relate to your subject -- Attitude
  • You'll be able to reproduce and elaborate more in depth what it is that you want the students to learn -- Verbal & Intellectual Skills

I want this to be as simple as possible, providing step-by-step instructions on how to work with your SMART Board instead of against it.

Needs Assessment

The Instructional Issue

The SMART board is an extremely useful resource in any classroom but I have found that majority of teachers using this resource lack the skills and knowledge to use it most effectively. As 21st-century students begin to enter your classroom, they are going to want to see the relevance of your particular subject to what it is they have going on in their lives. You ask, “well, what is it that they have going on? They should just be able to remember what I write down and do well on the unit exam.” Correction; your students are so engaged in technology that they are not still learning the traditional way; it's as if their brains have been rewired. They need to see the relevance of each problem and need to have a more hands-on, personal experience. Motivation is essential to getting students involved and adding a little twist to each lesson students will want to learn. This mini-course will help you do just that with the same resource you have been using day in and day out, the SMART board. You, as the educator, will be able to delve into a pool full of opportunities with the help of a few hints and detailed instructions, making your classroom an informational yet engaging environment.

What is to be Learned

You will be working more in depth with the SMART board after this mini-course or will even learn a few of the basics. Instead of using it primarily for note taking, you will be able to create interactive games, review, or practice for each necessary topic. Your students will be able more motivated to get involved and learn the relevant, fun material. The SMART board will be utilized to its fullest potential after working through this mini-course.

The Learners

This mini-course will educate and inform any teacher wanting to learn a thing or two about the SMART board. Whether you have a SMART board in your classroom or thinking about having one in your classroom, this mini-course is for you. Some college students may find this mini-course to be useful in the near future as they begin observing in classrooms and student teaching. The mini-course will be directed to high school classes but will also leave room to revise and incorporate in elementary or middle school classes as well.

Context for Instruction

You may be worrying that you don’t have your SMART board right in front of you for this mini-course. No worries! I will have step-by-step instructions you can copy and paste into a word document for your convenience; just make sure you leave room for your own thoughts and ideas. The SMART board will eventually be necessary in order to get more comfortable with the resource but until then, you will need internet access, a writing utensil and something to write on. Once you get to work with your SMART board, you will figure out all the exciting aspects of this resource.

Exploring the Instructional Issue and Solution(s)

This mini-course will have you working step-by-step or following along as I work my way through various assets of the SMART board. You will have the time to analyze and think of ways to incorporate what you learn from each unit to your own subject and classroom. By working through this mini-course, you will find yourself wanting to go farther into each lesson, looking deeper into what it is that the SMART board provides you as an educator.

Goals for this Mini-Course

The main focus of this mini-course is to have you, the educator, feel comfortable with the SMART board and utilize it in more ways than you had before. With more practice and being adventurous with this resource, you will be able to create your own lessons and units that not only educate the students but keep them involved and excited to learn. Not only will this mini-course alter your technology involvement within your classroom but will also change the student’s education; they will be less reluctant to answering questions and getting engaged.

Performance Objectives

After covering this entire mini-course, you will be able to:

  * utilize the SMART Board in more ways than you had when you began this mini-course by implementing components from this mini-course.
  * create interactive, enjoyable yet educational lessons for any subject using the SMART board.
  * implement multiple forms of media into your lessons including but not limited to text, videos, and images.
  * implement and alter lessons from The Gallery and/or SMART Exchange.

Task Analysis

Lesson 1: What are the basics of using a SMART board?

  • Key components will be introduced such as: text, pens, shapes, and lines.
  • Screen capture button will be presented with its uses and benefits.
  • The measuring tools will also be shown with examples of how it could be of use.

Lesson 2: How can I make more of my lessons using components of my SMART board?

  • Various types of review activities will be available to view.
  • Adding audio and images to spice up lessons will be shown.
  • Games, activities, and such will also be introduced. (may flow into next lesson)

Lesson 3: How can I make my lesson more interactive?

  • Educators will be introduced to The Gallery and the components involved in The Gallery.
  • SMART Exchange will be briefly presented for the benefit of the educator.


Now it’s your turn to try generating your own lesson that is more interactive for students, using what you had seen in the last three lessons. I challenge you to explore and look deeper into your SMART board. Educating learners in ways that benefit them is what educators aim for; be the best educator that you can be!

Curriculum Map


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