What's so Smart About a SMARTBoard?
Guy A. Lodico
With the advent of Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District's goal to meet the instructional technology needs of our teachers and students, this has become a common question from both parents and students alike.
Technically speaking, a SMARTBoard is an interactive whiteboard that's mounted on the front wall
of a classroom and works with a computer and ceiling mounted projector. The projector displays the computer’s desktop image onto the interactive whiteboard, which acts as both a touch sensitive monitor and a mouse/writing device. You've probably seen it used most recently on television during the results of the last election. Remember when the reporter was standing in front of a whiteboard as he manipulated various maps, charts, and images simply with his fingers? He tapped the screen and turned a blue state to red; circled a group of states to highlight them and wrote over the swing state electoral votes up for grabs. That's the power of an interactive whiteboard!
Instructionally speaking, a SMARTBoard brings the power of a computer and the Internet to the finger tips of our teachers to help meet the diverse learning modalities of an entire classroom of students. Think of it as an electronic version of a traditional chalkboard/whiteboard where the dusty old chalk and dry-erase marker is replaced by digital ink, Internet links, and multimedia streaming video resources that make instructional concepts and content visually, aurally, and kinesthetically come to life; creating more meaningful and engaging teaching and learning environments for our students. With the tap of a finger, a classroom teacher instantly activates an interactive lesson prepared on SMARTNotebook software or any other application such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc. Students are motivated throughout each lesson as they anticipate taking turns interacting with the SMARTBoard!