When Just 4 Principal, Mrs. Linda Blassingame, decided she would purchase Smart Boards, the latest technology teaching tool, for the Just 4 Developmental Laboratory she ran into a small dilemma-she could only purchase four to start with during the upcoming school year. Due to the talent of all the teachers at Just 4 Mrs. Blassingame found it hard to choose who would first receive the new state of the art technology. Her solution, she asked her teachers to submit a grant, explaining how he/she would use the Smart Board during instruction and how it would benefit the students. Read excerpts of the winning 'smart' submissions to teach today's students:
Ms. Deidre Blakely In today's society students have been exposed to a wide range of technology through the use of cell phones, iPods, webcams, and personal web pages such as My Space and Facebook, just to name a few. With the implementation of an interactive board all student's learning styles will be addressed. Learning objectives can be easily integrated with techniques presented through hands-on lessons using the interactive board and create a learning environment where the students are motivated to excel and at the same time increase student engagement. Within my classroom, the Smart Board will be utilized to present multi-media lessons that engage students in a way they are used to learning. Examples to foster students learning using the interactive board will be: Digital storytelling, Teach whole group computer or keyboarding skills, Use video clips, sounds, and colors into lessons, building on the Pre-K curriculum, Illustrate and write a book as a class and use the record feature to narrate the text, Model basic handwriting techniques...I strongly feel the Smart Board will provide my students with a sense of ownership of their learning.
Ms. Ginny Green If our classroom had an interactive Smart Board computer, we would be able to do so many exciting things to engage the children in authentic hands-on activities to help them learn the Pre-K standards. The Smart Board would motivate students to learn by getting their attention and would hold their attention by keeping them involved...the children could create and illustrate their own version of a story and dictate the text which I could write or type on the pages, every morning we could write the morning message and use the interactive markers to go on word or letter hunts. Having a Smart Board in our room would allow for even more communication with our parents through our online website or through individual emails, we could use an exciting tool such as a flex camera to visually show pictures as we explore different subjects...These and many other interactive tools will help students with math, literacy, science and social studies while using multimedia tools in a fun, engaging way.
Ms. Julie Fox I plan to revolutionize my teaching style with the addition of a Smart Board. There are numerous ways in which this tool would be utilized in my classroom. I would use the Smart Board to help utilize Reading Street in a much more powerful way. I plan to make many of my own tools with the Smart Board software so that my lessons become more interactive. During small group times, such as literacy and math, we would do all the writing that is usually done on chart paper (such as charts, word webs, venn diagrams, graphs, lists). Standards assessment would become more of an ongoing tool if the Smart Board was incorporated into lessons. I could quickly assess who understood the concepts presented as students manipulate the board to complete tasks. I feel that discipline would greatly improve with the use of the Smart Board incorporated into every part of the classroom daily routine. If children were attentive and engaged, there would not be as many classroom management problems. I would take advantage of this great opportunity to the fullest!
Ms. Pat Woolf How will I use a Smart Board in my classroom? Let me count the ways: Use interactive paint programs to create original works, Use concept mapping software such as Kidspiration to visually explore words, numbers and concepts, Create electronic word walls for high frequency words, and word of the week, Have students create e-folios with samples of their work and narration, Network and share ideas with other Pre-K teachers through SMART forums such as Teacher Tube, Share student and teacher created presentations, Have students share projects during parent/teacher/student conferences...the possiblities are endless and are limited only by one's creativity.
Congratulations to these teachers on their SMART ideas and to runner-ups: Ms. Tomasine Lewis, Ms. Anna Carlin, Ms. Cindy Duggins, Ms. Philonese Reed, and Ms. Priscilla Finney who will receive the next batch of Smart Boards arriving to the school.
I'm so excited to know this kind of technology will be available in a school my son will be attending for the 2009 - 2010 school year. I can hardly wait for him to start this new adventure of learning at Just 4.
Hello to all of you. I am very proud of the teachers who submitted the winning grant proposals. I enjoyed using the Smart board with my class when I was teaching at Just 4. I know that they are very expensive and it would be nice if someone would donate enough money so that all of the classrooms would have one to use daily with their class . Children learn better by doing and when they can see their work on a large screen like that it makes them more attentive. They must pay keep their eyes on the screen and their hands in their laps (smile), so that they can have a chance to be creative too. I would have submitted a winning grant also because I love using innovative and creative ways to help children learn.
Keep up the great works teachers and assistants. I wish the best to all of you. Love,Twinetta
I've seen these used very effectively in another school, and they are a wonderful tool when used appropriately. The children's eyes stay glued to the board and their individual or group participation makes learning exciting and meaningful. Good luck with your endeavor to get them in every classroom!
I think this is just great! Congratulations to the Just 4 Teachers, especially to Mrs. Green (who teaches my daughter). The Smart Board is essential in today's world and will definitely be an asset in helping the young children learn as it is a hands-on method of learning. Keep up the exceptional work Just 4!