In two days I begin teaching with a fabulous new piece of technology. The SMARTboard that I have talked and dreamed about all summer is installed and working. I had a slight panic attack at the beginning of August - Will I use it effectively? Will it work? Was it worth the money? The answer to all of these is YES! I just love it!
I have created a few lessons for the SMARTboard and it is amazing. At first I downloaded lessons from websites, and then realized how much easier it is for me to create my own. I also had a great time doing a demonstration of the board for my staff. I had them come up and use the board and jaws were dropping. It is really something to see it in action. We only have two boards in the building right now and I encouraged the other teachers to use my board (I realize they will have to kick me out of my room to do his, but we must make sacrifices for the good of the Technology.)
I love that this tech tool will engage the students. They will be the ones using the board. They will probably teach me a few things that the board can do.
My favorite thing that the board does is roll virtual dice. We will have to do some probability or some math games so that I can use the dice. There are even dice that say the number in English, or Spanish or French. This is a very cool tool!