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The SMARTBoard as a Planning and Organizational Tool

With all my anxiety over the Possibility of Ipads in the Fall, I realized that I will still have my SMARTBoard and that it has been the center of my instruction for 6 years. I love my SMARTBoard.

The first time I had my own SMARTBoard was when I walked into a new job at the high school and a giant box sat on the floor. The principal said, “The previous teacher wrote a grant for this before he left. It’s yours now.”

I had NO idea how to use it.

Luckily, I had a dozen students who were more than happy to show me how it worked. In the two years I was in that position (OGT Prep/Intervention), I learned a lot from them and a lot from just playing.

There were two lines that came up during that time, memorable quotes that have stuck with me over all these  years…

The first from a boy with an amazing sense of humor, “You have to be smarter than the SMARTBoard.

And one that I am pretty sure I said in one of those “Man, I love this thing” moments, “Have you hugged your SMARTBoard today?”

While the SMARTBoard can be viewed as a presentation tool, it is really an interactive instructional tool.

And for me, it is a planning and organizational tool.

There are so many ways to organize lesson plans, materials, and resources. I’ve tried them all over the past 17 years.

Organizing Lessons and Materials

By the week

+ Good if you use the same lessons year after year

– Makes  finding bits and pieces of a lesson more difficult if you need them at another time

–  If the schedule gets disrupted by  a snow day, sick day, underestimation of time, there goes the “week”…

In folders by the reading selection or unit

+ Keep all the resources for one story in one place

+ Ready-to-go options when you read the story the following year

– Requires you to pull together and reorganize the unit each year

– Easy to hoard things that you don’t really use or need

– Need to weed through often

In SMART Notebook files by story or unit (obviously my favorite and a major point of this post)

+ Like the folder option, lets you keep all you resources in one place file

+ Automatically feeds into currently technology (Don’t know what I’ll do when the SMART Board is replaced by something else)

+ Allows you to easily pull in templates and frequently used pages

This is my go-to page for conflict.  Consistency and visuals they can't forget.

This is my go-to page for conflict. Consistency and visuals they can’t forget.

+Provides the option to create interactive activities

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+ Allows you to include links to media, websites, and other files

No Guitar Blues_4

These links will be used for writing prompts, intro music for the lesson, or background music while they work. I also have a page linking to a jeopardy review game.

+ Easy to rearrange and reorganize (Try grouping the pages)

+ Labeling each page with a keyword and/or standard keeps you focused

No Guitar groups

I break the file down into concept, “Day 1, Day 2, etc”, or chapter and label it with a standard number (I use the extended standards in my RR)

+ The capture tool allows you to “steal” from anywhere (This is how I incorporate pieces and parts of  other resources in find online,worksheets such as the ones I linked to here, and in the accompanying workbook.)

+ Easy to clone pages for quick editing or differentiation for different class periods (No examples in this lesson)

+ Export and print as a PDF and attach it to your lesson plans (Looks like this: No Guitar Blues lesson)

How do you use your SMARTBoard? 

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2 responses

  1. This is great. I never thought of using my SMART Board in this way, yet it makes SO much sense! Thanks for writing it up!

    1. Everyone thinks differently but it really has been a good way for me to plan. Glad you could see the benefits and possibilities!

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