I don’t even remember the first time I saw a smartboard – it may have been student teaching in Edmonton, or it may have been in my undergrad days at U of A. Today I introduced a new set of teachers to the wonder of the interactive white board. Dominica is still a developing country, but they are working hard to improve their country. Education is a main focus for improvement, espeically improving skills with IT. When I walked into my classroom at the Dominica Grammar School this morning a smartboard was not what I expected to see, but I was pleasantly surprised. I immediately turned it on and pulled up my work. The people standing around me were entralled as I adjusted settings, oriented the board, and organized the floating toolbar just how I like it. I think this is when they started to realize what they had. The board had just been installed and no one had even used it yet, the markers were still in a plastic bag. As the teachers trickled in and started to see me magically flip between windows just by touching a screen, they stared! The internet choose this opportune moment to go down so I started to show the smartboard tools. The excitement over making a triangle, recording a math problem, or just writing and erasing your name was contageous. The teachers before me started to see the possibilites the board held in the classroom and I have only showed them a few simple tricks – just wait until I dig into smart notebook and show them my jeopardy game, or flash files.
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