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Using Smartboards

Discussion in 'Science' started by RChana1, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Hi There,
    I am a chemistry teacher at a 6th form college in East London.
    I am in the process of developing my Smartboard skills (some call these interactive whiteboards).
    I wanted to know what the general feel was towards these tools in your teaching profession (more so in science) and also how your students have responded. Also if any negative experiences too.
    If you could give a few points I would be very grateful.
    Regards
    -Rajandeep S. Chana
    (London)
     
  2. Hi There,
    I am a chemistry teacher at a 6th form college in East London.
    I am in the process of developing my Smartboard skills (some call these interactive whiteboards).
    I wanted to know what the general feel was towards these tools in your teaching profession (more so in science) and also how your students have responded. Also if any negative experiences too.
    If you could give a few points I would be very grateful.
    Regards
    -Rajandeep S. Chana
    (London)
     
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Hi Rajandeep,
    I have used interactive whiteboards for a while. Started out with smart notebook, then got converted to Promethean by the school (long story).
    At the end of the day, i am not greatly sold on IWB software, I find it easier to do stuff in Powerpoint - also colleagues are more likely to use powerpoint than specialised stuff. I have not yet caught a colleague using anything I've shared using IWB software.
    We got little training with Promethean - it took weeks before I discovered how to draw a rectangle. I don't find that the smartboard software does much - other than the facility to draw all over it. Sometimes I have had big problems with the board being slow to respond to the pen.
    Students are as unimpressed with IWB as with powerpoint or any other stuff.
    I have not found an easy way of doing subscripts and superscripts when typing into IWB.
    I'm as likely to use word as an IWB as the promethean stuff. Stole fire from the gods huh? More likely bored them to tears then legged it when they fell asleep.
    P
     
  4. IWBs are food for showing how molecules react i.e bringing a bromine molecule along side an alkene to show addition, having the freedom to drag items about the board is good, try grouping things to make it easier.
    A projector is more useful that the IWB as this will allow you to use short clips like those from BBCclipbank to keep your teaching up to date.
    check out scienceschool and upd8 for great activities you can do on the board.
    SMART has buttons to do sub and super script like word.
     
  5. bogstandardcomp

    bogstandardcomp New commenter

    I find it most useful as an extension of my computer screen, full screen videos, lots of animation especially molecules.
    Useful for saving 'old' lessons.
    Drag and drop cloze passages and the like are useful but I dont like kids coming up tp the board cos it wastes too much time
     
  6. I love mine and would hate to be without it, although I do have to say that I use a Promethean board with ActivInspire software.
    The kids love being able to use the board and react really well to writing ideas on the board which can then be used for any part of the lesson, I also use the voting system (ActivBLOCKED EXPRESSION as part of my assessment of the class. You can move things around the board, fade information in and out, hide parts of answers, do drag and drop.
    I will also say that I have had alot of training on the use of it via a consultant, and as I teach science in a classroom rather than a lab I need to be able to show pupils lots of things to reinforce the theory (I still do practicals).
    Z
     
  7. Learning Clip + has over 800 activities for the new ActivExpression pads.http://goo.gl/NqAUx
     
  8. PinkHelen

    PinkHelen New commenter

    I find the IWB most useful for showing lower ability pupils how to decide on the scale for axes, and then plot the graph. My year 7 class are still iffy on bar charts, so in Promethean software I choose a background of "graph paper"/squared "paper" and use it to model drawing graphs - much more useful than drawing a grid on the board, and I'm sure Smartboard has something similar.

    I also find it useful for ray diagrams - I have a digital copy of the sheet that I give to pupils (to complete the diagrams) and then I/they draw them on the board to check they're correct - much more useful than trying to describe where the ray goes.
     

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