Tuesday, February 13, 2007



They're installing a smartboard in my classroom as I write this. It's a permanently mounted affair with the projector hung from the ceiling overhead. I'm also getting a wireless, bluetooth mouse and keyboard and I think they said I'm getting a wireless tablet too (not sure about that last one). I can't remember being so excited to go to work in the morning. ;-)

A shoutout to Terry Kaminsky and Ryan Maksymchuk for their advice, suggestions and offers to share resources. Everyone I know who has ever adopted the use of a smartboard says it has made them a better teacher. I'm looking forward to learning how this will change my teaching too. ;-)

Update February 14
My school received 4 SmartBoards yesterday. I'm on the second floor ... so I'm going to be the last install. I don't know how long it'll take them to get to me but I hope it will be before the end of the week. ;-)


Principal Mr. Malone said...
14/2/07 00:12  

You'll love it!

Here's where I suggest you start for resources:


and if you need a SMART Certified Master Trainer...I'm your man :)

Graham Wegner said...
14/2/07 02:35  

Do you mean an interactive whiteboard? I'm not being a smart aleck but those of us using Promethean ACTIVboards bristle when the brand name term Smartboard is used to decribe an entire genre of technology. Seriously, you will enjoy the connective possibilities as long as the kids are using it at least as much as you.

Karen Janowski said...
14/2/07 10:07  

It is actually just an electronic whiteboard until someone uses it effectively as an interactive device. Too often I see these tools used as glorified whiteboards. But I'm sure you will take it to the next level, Daryl and your students will love it!
Here's the site to download the software to your home computer where you can create many activities at home.

Darren said...
14/2/07 10:49  

Hey Glen, let me know if you're in Winnipeg any time soon ... or later for that matter. We'll break bread. ;-)

Graham, your comment is right to the point, as usual. ;-) I'm thinking about ways of getting the students to use the equipment more than I. I can put the bluetooth keyboard and mouse in different student's hands with another one at the board. I don't really know what the pedagogy will be with this but I'm looking forward to learning. BTW, the board is the SmartBoard brand. ;-)

Thanks for the vote of confidence Karen! I'm looking to my "network" to help me figure this all out. I've already connected with two other math teachers who have integrated the use of SmartBoards into their teaching and we've begun discussing collaboration ideas. ;-)

Tom Barrett said...
14/2/07 13:34  

Hi Darren
I have been using SMARTBoards for a few years in my classroom and would be happy to help support you in anyway I can.

For starters I have just published a screencast on using Audacity and Smart Notebook on my blog.


Hope it helps.

Best wishes from the UK

Darren said...
14/2/07 14:18  

Hey Tom, this is great! Thanks. ;-)

Ryan Maksymchuk said...
14/2/07 14:19  


From someone who's been using SMART Notebook since version 1.0 came out (I think the latest is 9.5.4...), I can honestly say that no other piece of instructional hardware save the PC itself has the power to change classroom instruction like an interactive whiteboard (at least in my opinion). I also have Bluetooth wireless tablet, and I'd be happy to discuss its wireless functionality sometime...as I know that at least some of the content that we teach is the same...I remember and totally relate to your level of excitement right now. Your classroom may soon be the envy of your peers, but in a good way. Have a great day!

Jo McLeay said...
14/2/07 14:56  

Hi Darren,
they've installed an Activboard in my classroom as well this year and I'm really enjoying starting to play around with it as well. The students love it and as I was learning the Year 7s were pointing out some of the features. I said, "Oh, did you have one at primary school?" and they said "No, it's just obvious". The roles were reversed then. I've collected some resources at del.icio.us/rubyfire/iwb

Darren said...
14/2/07 16:04  

It's amazing how quickly this network of educators responds! ;-)

Ryan and Jo, thanks so much for sharing with me. Jo, I'm going to spend some time poking around in your del.icio.us account. ;-)

The SmartBoard is sitting in my classroom in it's box. They tell me it will be installed tonight ... I've got my fingers crossed.

In my grade 12 Pre-Cal podcast today I made several tongue-in-cheek mentions of what I could do if I had a SmartBoard. ;-)

Mike said...
16/2/07 08:18  

Our district thought about taking the Smart Board route, but decided to go with the tablet laptops, with wireless projectors and this has work great!
The versatility of the tablet allows me to correct papers students emailed me, take the tablet home for lesson plans, and for teachers who need to move to a room where a teacher doesn't have the tablet yet, we can just pack up our little cart and roll it down the hall.

Karen Janowski said...
18/2/07 18:59  

Your link didn't work.
I"m very interested to hear about the difference between using an interactive whiteboard vs. the tablet PCs with a wireless projector. The second option seems more flexible and cost effective and can be used anywhere.
What are your thoughts?

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