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Technology as A Tool to Bridge the Education
SMART Boards in the Classroom
Effective use of the Smart Board technology can without question quickly produce increased student interaction and engagement with specific instructional material and can have lasting benefits on the classroom dynamic and cognitive development of the middle school age student population. Using technology as an educational asset, not simply a time filler is made substantially easier by access to the Smart Board. This technology works with the students developing frontal cortex to better process the visual information the teachers are presenting.
The SmartBoard allows both students and instructors immediate feedback; student’s interactions with the board show comprehension and can identify problem areas anonymously. With less overt criticism to students, they will be learning and in future instances more willing to communicate. At its core Smart Board technology is an interactive tool that allows students to truly be at the center of their own learning. Use of large font, colors, shapes, graphs and illustrations, Smart Boards can enhance the curriculum of all subjects. During the teenage years, adolescent brains are transforming and Smart Boards can be used to bridge the gap between childhood and intellectual teenage creativity. While supplementing a students need for visual representations of instructional material, technology such as the Smart Board has the potential to inquire from students more detailed analysis of a particular subject. By allowing students to manipulate the Smart Board, students can be asked to directly participate in activities previously reserved only for the instructor.
Struggling students, children with disabilities, students whose primary language is not English can massively benefit from this cutting edge technology. Some Smart Boards are embedded with a device called “Smart Network” that has spell check which allows students to engage in meaningful trial and error. Students with certain intellectual disabilities that historically have struggled in the classic classroom setting are allowed by the Smart Board technology to integrate their creative minds in a hands-on fashion, using the drag function to tangibly alter and refashion text and sentences. Smart Boards can also display video clips and have the capacity to playback past teacher and student work to further enhance understanding; it can revisit the logic that lead to a correct answer, such as in math or grammar problems, or focus attention on a process or progressive sequence essential to the lesson. Retention is such a common problem seen in standardized tests of the middle school age group. The playback function also allows for material to be presented on numerous occasions to solidify the lesson.
Smart Board technology can bridge the sometimes nearly insurmountable barrier that inhibits many students from capturing information and recalling key concepts. Students benefit greatly from hearing a wide array of voices during a standard class period. The instructor can use past student examples and outside sources to supplement their own direct instruction. A student as a teacher to their classmates is enhanced by this technology because the student can display a variety of work samples and projects. This shared learning experience can have dramatic effects on classroom community building and student relationships with their peers further exemplifying the necessity in social interaction.