Technology has advanced significantly over the past few years. Our reliance on it has increased in leaps and bounds and we use it for everything from helping us find places to improving our entertainment experiences. We often think of learning, however, as a person standing in front of us or our children and dictating but this is no longer the case. Technology has also enhanced learning in many ways such as eBooks and Smart Boards, for preschool learning all the way through college. These new technology methods have made learning less passive and more interactive.
WHAT IS A SMARTBOARD?
A SmartBoard is an interactive whiteboard used by companies and schools as educational tools to help enhance learning. They replace conventional boards and allow people to write on them with special pens but also have an array of other features because of their connection to a computer and the internet. This connection turns the board into the ultimate educational tool as it becomes like a tablet.
HOW DO SMARTBOARDS ENHANCE LEARNING?
Smartboards enhance learning by allowing educators to do more than they would be able to do on conventional boards. For example:
- Save work as mentioned earlier, you can write on SmartBoards using the special pens provided as you would a normal board but with SmartBoards, you can save work for future reference. In other words, if a lesson is not completed on one day or generally needs to be referenced back to, then the educator can easily access that file and the saved work of the lesson will be brought up on the screen.
- More Than Just WritingWriting can often be tiresome and doesn’t always convey the information in the best way. Smart Boards allow educators to bring up other programs to educate in different ways. These include things such as slideshows that have pictures, etc. Another way in which Smart Boards allow educators to be more versatile with their educating is because of their ability to play video content. Many of us remember being at school and the teacher bringing in the media cart with a TV and video player to present educational videos. However, with YouTube and DVDs, that is no longer necessary as all the educational content can be played directly on the SmartBoard. This is especially helpful in preschool environments where educational videos can capture the children’s attention and imagination.
PROVEN SUCCESS RATES
Various studies have shown that by making use of smart technology in the classroom, test scores, student learning, and student literacy improve. Furthermore, the technology has been shown to increase how attentive the learners are in the classroom as well as increasing understanding of the content they are presented with.
SmartBoards are an excellent example of how technology can be used in schools to enhance learning in various ways such as including video content. At ABC Spectrum Preschool we understand that our children are growing up in a world of technology. We often use Smart Boards to expand our curriculum and help our children learn through a hands-on approach with technology.