Our school just got one last year. It's was purchased thanks to a grant, and is now in the library for everyone to use. I wish I could have one in my classroom (instead of the dusty chalkboard
Originally Posted by EdnaMarie
As the mom of a three-year-old who got here through "today's posts" I am horrified. I'm thinking living overseas (like in France, where they still have to write their term papers by hand) might be cheaper than private school.
How awful- you don't have to take your own notes? What's the point?
I'm a big believer in "doing it by hand". The kids have a notebook for every subject (I teach 5th grade). The only time I would consider using a smart board for printing notes is for a child that was absent. Otherwise, students either take notes, use textbooks or receive printouts.
Originally Posted by The Hidden Life
So is there an Overhead Projector Graveyard somewhere?
I'm kind of a Luddite (she typed into her laptop...) at least for schools, so I hate to see people get all excited about "technology in the classroom." But I can see how they'd be useful for some teachers. The other half of my brain thinks: would these teachers know what to do if the power went out for the day? (Other than send the kids home.)
Ouch. That hurt. Today I spent almost two hours with the kids outside. The first hour was a "get to know each other picnic" (it's only the second day of school over here), and the second hour was an involved social studies lesson. Each child had an atlas, a notebook, a handout and a pencil with them. Everyone worked quietly and independently. The weather is absolutely wonderful over here. I can't get enough!
SmartBoard is not meant to do the work for the student. It is meant to break up the routine and make the lessons more fun. I plan to bring my kids up to the library once a week to either introduce a new topic or to play a review game before the test. Rest assured, I don't mean for the kids to master the concepts with SmartBoard. Believe it or not, I am a well aware that practice is something each student will have to do without technology, and I am the first one to stress the importance of writing by hand. I always require a handwritten draft before asking for a typed final copy.
So, to answer the question - yes, I would know what to do if the power went out. Now may I please get a SmartBoard?