Monday, September 21, 2009
the evolution of a smartboard user...
When I first became a global learner in the Summer of 2008 and got this thing called a smartboard and I really didn't know what to do with it. In my first year of glearning, I spent time learning how to blog, use clickers, google sites, etc etc. The smartboard became a digital vis-a-vis for powerpoint presentations... Wanted to really learn how to use the smartboard but other time constraints didn't lend itself to it...
In the summer of 2009 I had the opportunity to become a certified smartboard trainer through support of Joe and Dave. Along with Tonia, Dlo, Kelly and Dave we received 3 days of training thanks to the district's support of the idea that "if you plant a seed a tree will grow"... Although behind the others in use and knowledge, something began to start and continues for me this day...and that is that the smartboard is an essential tool in the classroom.
I now find the smartboard something I use daily in class. Whether to annotate notes, use the notebook for flash files or to have students interact with it in front of the class, the smartboard is always there. As I continue to find gems within the gallery or lessons located through the smartboard exchange I am pleased to know that daily lesson planning is done in conjunction with the smartboard as another way to engage students.
Although not as proficient as other glers such as Jon and Kelly, I do feel that my knowledge and confidence in using this tool continues to improve.
I have attempted to send other ACHS staff examples of notebook files and gallery flash pages. I am happy to report that some of the teachers are asking for my help in learning how to use it. To that end, I have myself available to the staff afterschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is generating some interest and hopefully it will continue.
"Plant a seed and a tree will grow..." Perhaps the unofficial slogan of our group?...
So, thanks to the gler comunity for the opportunity to do something differently and hopefully this will improve students achievement over time.
Posted by doug.abshire at 10:36 AM