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.



Joseph Miller said...


Dave and I have been talking about maybe offering a SmartBoard course open to all teachers that they could take for CEU credit. To be honest we have not investigated it too deeply, but have thrown the idea around in a few different meetings. We really want to tap into the resources we have available in the district (you, Dave, Dlo, Kelly, Tonia). Think folks would attend if we did this?

doug.abshire said...

I think so Joe and Dave. Perhaps a session during an upcoming PD district day demonstrating SB activities might "wet the appetite" for a CDE credit course. Let me know that I can do to help.... Doug

Dave Tarwater said...

"GREAT OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW - Great successes often develop from something very small."

I can see a tshirt marketing campaign coming from this.

Thanks for sharing your story Doug, we will pursue this.

doug.abshire said...

tarwater and associates... or

abshire and consultants...

or we work for food
such as acorns...)

(smartboards are us...)

Kelly Berry said...

:) :) :)

Thanks for your post Doug. It's been great to see so many of us begin to grow into saplings!

I do think there is interest in SmartBoard trainings. Emily and I are working at Alsup to enhance Technology in several classrooms by showing the technology team something new in the hopes they will take it to their team members. Helping teachers to see how much technology is available at each school helps to close the technology achievement gap...

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