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Congratulations on the mixed blessing of the SMART board! Just a few words of advice. My biggest single piece of advice is do not be afraid of it and do not be afraid of looking silly if (and when) you get it all hideously wrong. Experiment. What is more, get your students to play with it too. Enjoy it and play with it. I have some colleagues who before class will let their students come up and play with it and then they are able to support them as they try to use it.... might be an idea depending on how technological you are!
Congratulations on your SmartBoard!
I cannot live without mine, and I don't know how I taught before I got it. I am a linguist and technologist working on my dissertation and currently teaching Spanish through the use of this technology. I will forward you great links for you to get started.
These are some tips for troubleshooting:
1. If your "smartpen" does not synch properly, or if you get frustrated by it not being fast enough, go back to your computer and work the interaction using the mouse. It works as a last minute resort when the pen decides to get an attitude and the students become antsy. It works the same with the mouse, as you know. Then, when they are gone, do the synch again. Don't tap; rub the screen a bit.
2. If you are teaching language arts, my favorite thing to do is to assign a color and a shape to each part of the sentence. Hence, the directions I use include drawing a circle in red around verbs, a purple rectangle on adverbs, etc.
3. I strongly suggest that you begin saving still images in a folder. When you open up a file as a "still image" you will get a great, big picture with which you can do wonders. I use the picture of a barn to teach animals in second language, and when the barn pops up on the smartboard, i start asking he students to look for this and that, circling by names, etc.
I will send you my sample lesson plan. I know you may not teach Spanish, but its an idea you can apply to other lessons.
Go to as many trainings as you can find. There are so many different ways to use this technology it is overwhelming. Find people teaching the same content area and see what they have done. I've seen SMART Boards used for everything from projecting videos to teaching lessons of all sorts, to preserving notes and examples of lessons for kids who are absent. Have fun :)
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