how did you learn to use your smartboad?

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  1. Momma5

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    Did your school offer you classes or workshops? Do most of you use it on a daily basis. I have to say, where I St, every teacher had one and the classes I were in, no one used them. My one cooperating teacher used it to write on a few times a week and others I observed used white boards on easels to teach from. I used it 2x, to write on. I have no problem using other technology, but I feel like I may shy from using mine in my classroom, though its front and center, but I do have a side chalk board. Just curious how most of you learned.
     
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    I piloted the first SB in my building...just start playing with it...there's do much more you can do than just write on it. Our district has one in nearly every classroom...we were initially trained by a SB rep and I've taken a workshop, but the best way to learn is to start using it. My colleagues share ideas on how they use theirs as well....it's a shame that your school invested so much in this innovative technology only to have teachers reluctant to use it. Make yourself stand out...try it, learn it...I'm sure your administration would appreciate it.
     
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    I def will. All I need now is my laptop to use it lol.
     
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    I just jumped in and used it, although I wish I could attend training. I use it daily.
     
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    A couple of years back I was timetabled into a room with a smartboard and no alternative. I had no training but luckily the kids in the class knew how it worked and they showed me! Mind you i have now forgotten, luckily I still have the only remaining blackboard in my room (and the entire school supply of chalk)!
     
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    By the way, make sure you get a code to put it on your Home PC. This way you can play with it at home as well. Whoever is in charge of Tech should be able to give it to you, or copy it off the SB itself. Then just go to their website and download it.
     
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    I feel very blessed, because I was able to attend some trainings prior to receiving my smartboard, and I've attended all of the others that my district has offered as well. I'm now my school's unofficial smartboard guru. I agree with putting the software on your home computer so you can design lessons on it there - I use my smartboard almost all day long! I have also installed the "mini" version of the software on my students' computers, so they can "play" smartboard games (geared to our learning objectives, of course) on those. They just use the mouse instead of a pen!
     
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    I had the first SmartBoard in our building. Each school got one, and they needed a person to learn how to use it. I told them I'd learn if they'd put it in my room (mobile one) and allow me to use it daily.

    I added that I'd gladly trade rooms if someone else wanted to give it a try, but I really needed access to it regularly to learn to use it. That was in 2006.

    They sent me to the big city to a business college for a course in SmartBoard use. That was initially helpful, but the only thing that really helped was just playing around with it every day.

    About a year and a half later they got a grant for several Smart Classrooms. I applied for one of those since I had been using the board for a year and a half already. I love my Smart Classroom! (All of our rooms are Smart rooms now.)
     
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    I just messed around with it.

    I don't know if the technology is lacking, or if my training is lacking, but I don't see too much of an advantage over a digital projector.
     
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    It's the touch capability that makes it really interactive for the kids
     
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    I had one in my room when I taught self-contained and I used it about every day. I'd either use it as a board in Math, use it to project websites and videos, or download some of the pre-made lessons. I definitely was not at the point of making up my own lessons on it. I never really got training on it. I just learned by expirementing with it.

    I wish we had Smart Boards at the middle school! I don't even have a projector in my room which stinks because sometimes when I work with small groups it would be really beneficial.
     
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    What I have found helpful is to go to the SMARTboard sites, download some lessons that others have made, and pick them apart. Seeing how something really creative was put together gives me ideas on making lessons on my own.

    I've also taken an on-line class through SDE. That taught me a great deal of the basics.

    Mostly I just try things out. Definitely have the software on your home computer. I carry my slate back and forth from school too so I can practice with it.
     
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    We had a training but most of the time I just play around with it. I wish i had more time to create my own stuff to use on it but usually I just use things i find online. I know that some people in my school still have not learned how to use it.
     

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