Smart Board: Lessons and Activities

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teachers have many technological tools to use in the classroom these days, including the Smart Board. What is a Smart Board, and what's so great about it? Read on to find out, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

What's a Smart Board?

A Smart Board is a type of interactive whiteboard used in education to enhance teaching and learning. The Smart Board looks like a regular whiteboard but has many more features that make it a pretty spiffy tool for teachers and students. Here's how it works: There are three main parts to using a Smart Board - the whiteboard, a projector and a computer. The whiteboard is mounted on the wall and the projector is angled to display data onto the board. A computer is connected, either wirelessly or through a USB cable, and voila! Anything that can be seen on the computer screen is now being transmitted to the whiteboard. But wait, there's more.

The components of a Smart Board
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Since the surface of the Smart Board is interactive, teachers and students can use it as a touch screen to manipulate, move and record information. A Smart Board comes with a set of pens and an eraser, so it also works as a traditional whiteboard. Information written with the pens can be saved into a file for later use or printed. Note that any object can be used as a pen once one is picked up from the tray. Ever want to write with your finger? The Smart Board lets you do that!

But really, the Smart Board is used for more than just making fun pictures with our fingers. Teachers rely on this cutting-edge technology for daily instruction. Why is the Smart Board so popular? Let's take a look at why teachers use Smart Boards in education.

Why Use a Smart Board?

Teaching with a Smart Board has been a game changer for many educators. A few key reasons include:

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