Classroom Technologies Jade Sadler And Vicky Eaglestonehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxYhLDHC1VM&feature=related
SMART Board Interactive White Boards Facts and Stats More than 51,000 digital resources are available on the SMART Exchange website, SMART’s online community for educators. There are over 48 country-specific versions of the site, and SMART Notebook lesson activities are available for download in 23 languages SMART Technologies (2011)
Are Smart Boards Environmentally Friendly? http://smarttech.com/us/About+SMART/About+SMART/Commitment/Co mmitment+to+the+environment – Their commitment to the environment SMART Technologies (2011)• Settings for “sleep” after a short while of not using the screen• Product recycling• SMART Technologies Headquarters achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard certification for its numerous green construction features and SMART’s implementation of outstanding environmentally sound practicesSMART Technologies (2011)
Cost EfficientMaking tough decisions, how should money be spent?Healy, J. (2003) and her fellow technoskeptics raise questions about the allocation ofeducational resources. Each year some $5 billion is spent In the united states onclassroom computers alone, critics argue that a portion of these funds would be betterspent on preserving traditional art, music, remediation programs, reducing class sizeand improving teacher training.“What can this technology do that can’t be achieved better through human means or aless expensive means?” Healy, J. (2003)However she then goes on to say that... “the question we should be asking is whichtechnology can deliver this particular aspect of learning best”
Benefits of the Interactive Whiteboards?• Interactive• Fun• Attractive• Can be used for every lesson• Lots of templates and lesson plans available• No cleaning needed• Unlikely to be allergic• Quick turn around of ideas• Use of most senses (learning styles)• Encourages contribution
Draw-backs of Interactive Whiteboards?• Inclusion• Training• Health• Rely on technology• Cost• Distractions• Limiting (certain equipment and softwares)• Writing skill• Group work vs Classroom
‘Technologies don’t change schools – Caring capable people do’Brackett, G. (2003, p. 29)
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