All About the Students
Students Say #1
Students Say #2
Interactive for students and teachers
William Beeland Jr., author of Student Engagement,
Visual Learning and Technology: Can Interactive
Whiteboards Help?, decided to do a survey and
some interviews with some students to see what
they think about the whiteboard.
The survey asked the students questions about their
attitudes, experiences, and education
about/towards the whiteboard.
The students surveyed about the whiteboard said what they like most about the
whiteboard was being about to touch applications on the board and said it helped
them concentrate in their classrooms. They also said that they learned better from the
board because of the visual appearances make it easier to understand the teacher.
The students that were surveyed also said that what they liked least about the board
was the shadow your hand cast because of the light made it difficult to write on
The students also said that when they use the smartboard the reason they
learn better is because both the teachers and the students can be more
hands on with the learning process. Another item that William pointed out is
that some of the teachers surveyed also thought the smartboard to bring
more interaction with the kids, and also more entertaining , which made it
easier to grab the students attention and to keep their attention throughout
the class. William came to the
Questions (5 out of 20) Average Standard conclusion that
Rating Deviation smartboards to
I enjoyed using a white board. 3.80 .10 nothing more then
I concentrate better in classing when a 3.40 .15 help out the students,
whiteboard is used to deliver instructions.
and more importantly
I know that using technology gives me 3.60 .12 their students.
opportunities to learn many new things.
Using whiteboard is not very frustrating. 3.50 .20
I cannot learn more from books then a 3.30 .16
I enjoyed this article a lot. It provided good
information about what the students thought
and felt about the whiteboard. Normally,
everything that is read about the whiteboard has
to do with helping out the teachers, and what
the teacher can gain from this board. However,
in this article it lets the readers know what the
students think about the white board and what
they personally feel they get out from the
whiteboard. Also what they think the
pro’s/con’s are about the board itself, and its
Peter Kent, writer of Smartboard: Interactive
whiteboards in classrooms, discusses that
whiteboards are more interactive then computers
because they undermine teaching, because
teaching with a computer is a difficult class.
• Its hard to present a concept where the whole class
can see. You may be saying what about a library?
According to Kent, it is very difficult to teach in a
computer lab setting.
• Its also hard to keep the students attention
throughout a whole class when they are sitting in
front of a computer screen.
Person computer may assit students to learn, e-
learning, however, personal computers do not
assist teachers to enhance their teaching skills.
With a smartboard teachers can e-teach, which
involves enhancing the art of teaching.
Smartboards also allow teachers to teach in many different
styles of lesson plans and teaching period.
Smartboards also allow teachers to be spontaneous, which
allows the students to want to be engaged because they do
not know what will happen next.
Also if a teacher is holding a lecture and a topic comes up
that the teacher is not prepared for they can acess the
internet on the smartboard to keep the flow of the lecture
The smartboard will also allow teachers to improve their
orals skills by combining their oral part of class with text,
sounds, and graphics.
• This helps the students learn because of what the kids do at
home. All students play video games and/or watch TV so including
all of these graphics, sounds, and videos will easily engage the
students and keep them engaged.
This article gave me a lot of information about what the
whiteboards offer teachers. Also what the teachers can offer
students because of the whiteboard. I enjoyed reading this
article a lot, since I would love to be a teacher some day, it
gave me some knowledge about what to look for and also
what I can do to keep my students engaged, when I
eventually get my own classroom. It was a very interesting
and informative article.
Steve Kennewell and Alex Morgan, authors of Student
Teachers’ Experiences and Attitudes Towards Using
Interactive Whiteboards in the Teaching and Learning of
Young Children, point three main task which the smartboard
1. The board helps with active learning, instead of just passive learning
2. The board also helps students interact in a larger numbers then what
was previously possible.
3. The board also allows a memory so that any product can be saved,
for possible re-use.
Kennewell and Morgan also state that more then 75% of
student teachers would choose a smartboard in their
Kennewell and Morgan also point out that smartboards can
sometimes take some getting use to for experienced teachers,
however student teachers see the potential in whiteboards,
and find them to me exceptionally useful in the classroom.
Kennewell and Morgan also state that they believe that there
needs to be prior training and practice with the smartboard
before school placement in order for the board to be as useful
to the students as it has the potential to be.
When I first started reading this
article it took me back a minute to
read something opposite to what I
have been reading in my past few
articles. Once I read through the
article it made more sense to me. I
know can see where the authors are
coming from and what they were
saying. I also understand that
experienced teachers need some
warming up to is not always such a
bad thing. This article was a very
All of these article had to do with smartboards. Between these
article I learned a lot of information. I learned that smartboards
are not always the best technology to be used by everyone,
however if a teacher had prior learning about the board they see
the potential that the board can bring. The whiteboard also has
very many task is can perform that being able for students to
work in larger groups for activates, and also is also with active
learning by using graphics and sounds, which also helps keeps
their students engaged. Whiteboards can also be fit in to any
teaching styles because they are very versatile. Along with
students enjoying smartboards, it was also brought up in on
article that the students also enjoy the smartboard a lot. It was
also surveyed that the smartboard does help interact the
students in the lesson plans. This is all of the information I found
from my three articles about smartboards.
Beeland, William. "Student Engagement, Visual Learning and
Technology: Can Interactive Whiteboards Help?". 06/18/2010
Kennewell, Steve and Morgan, Alex. "Student Teachers'
Experiences and Attitudes Towards Using Interactive
Whiteboards in the Teaching and Learning of Young Children".
Kent, Peter. "Smartboards: Interactive Whiteboards in