What is a Smart Board? Pat Alepuyo ED480 Spring 2010
What is a smart board?
It is an interactive whiteboard developed by SMART Technologies.
Smart boards were introduced in 1991, and it was the first interactive whiteboard to provide touch control of computer applications and annotation over standard Microsoft Windows applications.
This is How a SMART Board Looks Like.
What are the advantages of using Smart Boards?
SMART boards give students a hands-on approach to classroom concepts.
SMART boards help students with learning disabilities, for example One benefit of the Smart-Board for children with disabilities is the capability of making the keyboard larger on the touch-screen. This makes it easier for students to see and manage independently.
SMART Boards also have the ability to save previous notes and can be used to refresh a student’s memory on prior lessons.
SMART boards are more expensive than conventional whiteboards or projector and screen combinations.
Their surface can become damaged.
Front projection boards can be obscured by
one or more users.
Fixed-height boards are often mounted too high for users to reach the top of or too low to be readily visible by all users. .
How can the use of smart boards help students become literate with technology ?
Smart boards help students become literate with technology when they are exposed to and are involved in the process of working with Smart boards.
Do Smart Boards come in different forms?
Smart boards come in different forms that encourage interactive and collaborative work. Here are some of the listings: Smart Note Book, Smart Classroom Suites, Smart Meeting Pro, and Smart Ideas.
How do smart boards work?
Fully-functioning interactive whiteboards usually rely on four components: a computer, a projector, appropriate software and the display panel.
The computer is connected to the projector and whiteboard.
The projector displays the computer screen image onto the board.
Action on the surface of the display panel is communicated with the computer over a cable or wireless connection and interpreted via the installed software. Display panels can be either front or back projection