How to use Smart-boards in the Classroom

Using Smart Boards in the Classroom

  • Use it as a tool for note-taking. Students can come and write important points on the board. Alternately,  you can  appoint a student to type out notes on the computer while you talk, so that the other students can view and take them down.
  • Brainstorming in the classroom can be fun with a Smart Board. You can not only put together text/ ideas but also images, diagrams or videos.
  • Classroom games can be played with ease on the board. Board games in particular can be played on the board itself.
  • All forms of media– videos, photographs, graphs, maps, illustrations, games, etc. – can be used on the board, making it incredibly dynamic in nature. This expands the range of content that you can use for teaching or presenting new information.1

Why I could/would use Video in the Classroom

Video is a form of storytelling which uses a combination of video, audio and images.

It provides a common experience for students; generate interest and stimulates imagination on the topic; offers a different perspective on or another approach to a topic; connects students with faraway place or time period; demonstrate abstract ideas; stimulates the development of critical thinking skills and promote critical viewing skills and media awareness.

Video is useful in classroom because it helps students retain what they learn by being involved; helps students express their deepest understanding of topic; promotes creativity and technical skills; encourages planning and improves organizing skills and students will be engaged in their learning on a media they are familiar with.

How we could use Presentation Software in the classroom

The Impact of Spreadsheets in Education Education.com

Spreadsheet programs are in widespread use in classrooms at all levels of education. Teachers use them primarily to keep budgets and gradebooks and to help teach mathematical topics. They offer teachers and students several kinds of unique benefits.

  • Save time — Spreadsheets save valuable time by allowing teachers and students to complete essential calculations quickly. They save time not only by making initial calculations faster and more accurate, but their automatic recalculation features also make it easy to update products such as grades and budgets. Entries also can be changed, added, or deleted easily, with formulas that automatically recalculate final grades.
  • Organize displays of information — Although spreadsheet programs are intended for numerical data, their capability to store information in columns makes them ideal tools for designing informational charts such as schedules and attendance lists that may contain few numbers and no calculations at all.
  • Support asking “what if” questions — Spreadsheets help people visualize the impact of changes in numbers. Since values are automatically recalculated when changes are made in a worksheet, a user can play with numbers and immediately see the result. This capability makes it feasible to pose “what if” questions and to answer them quickly and easily.
  • Increase motivation to work with mathematics — Many teachers feel that spreadsheets make working with numbers more fun. Students sometimes perceive mathematical concepts as dry and boring; spreadsheets can make these concepts so graphic that students express real delight with seeing how they work.

Internet Safety in the Classroom and Resources

 

 

The Teacher’s Guide to Keeping Students Safe Online – eLearning Industry

  1. Get parents involved
    Studies have shown that the main reason many kids do not use drugs is because they do not want to disappoint their parents. Educating parents on the dangers of inappropriate usage and encouraging them to talk to their children about it is an effective way to ensure that students are safe online, both at school and at home. Direct parents to infographics or other sources of readily available information like the following. Internet Safety: Tips for Kids & Teens
  2. Provide resources to students
    It’s unlikely that your students want to listen to an hour-long lecture on the dangers of the internet. Odds are, they would probably tune you out within the first 5 minutes. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get them to listen… you just have to change your angle.Provide them with resources like these two YouTube videos from Google Family Safety and Watch Well Cast:Playing and Staying Safe Online
  3. Create scenarios
    Everyone likes to feel as if they are “right.” That sentiment is probably more accurate with your students than anyone else. Create fake scenarios about possible dangerous internet usage and pass them out to the class.  The scenario could read something like this: “Anna is a 15 year-old girl with a Facebook account. She tries to keep her account as private as possible but has forgotten that her address is located under the information on her profile. One day she receives a message from a boy named ‘Matt.’ Matt has very few pictures and friends on his profile and seems very interested in meeting up with Anna.”  After students read the scenario ask them questions such as: “Are there any issues with this situation? What would you do if you were Anna?”The goal is to allow students to arrive at their own conclusion (with your guidance) of the inherent danger in situations like these. By encouraging students to figure out the answer themselves, you not only empower them but educate them as well. Make it a point to encourage students to respect themselves and to remove themselves from any situation where they are uncomfortable, being bullied, or being attacked. Use these scenarios to teach students how to handle hurtful, uncomfortable, or dangerous situations.https://elearningindustry.com/the-teacher-guide-to-keeping-students-safe-online

The Facebook Guide For Teachers

 

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https://www.cybertip.ca/app/en/internet_safety

http://www.legal-info-legale.nb.ca/en/uploads/file/pdfs/Safety_on_the_Internet_Parents_Guide_EN.pdf

Other Educational Blogs

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/student-activities

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/activity/writing-writers

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How you could use a blog in the classroom

Using a blog is a classroom could be very useful. Some ways you could use a blog:

  • Provide further assignments for students to work on
  • Get students to do their writing assignments in the form of blog posts
  • Encourage students to post comments on each others postings
  • Use blogs for classroom projects where students can include videos, clips, audio,, text and images
  • Use activities, games, puzzles to enrich students learning experiences
  • Use blogs to conduct an online survey in relation to your students learning needs. You can also include parents in the surveys.
  • Post  your classroom guidelines and code of conduct on your classroom blog for students to review
  • Publish a list of the objectives ( general as well as specific goals).
  • Use a section in your blog for classroom news where to communicate the general classroom news. Work with students to identify the kinds of information they would like to share with their parents, then engage them in writing and posting daily or weekly news updates
  • Post weekly challenges such as a riddle or brainteaser that requires your students to think creatively and critically.  Ask students to post their answers on the blog then discuss the solutions with the whole class at the end of the week. This will tremendously improve their problem-solving skills
  • Use your blog as a communicative tool both with your students and their parents.