As technology takes over the world and our daily habits change, the smartphone being our constant partner as the days go by. The younger generation is much more advanced in this aspect of life. Their learning about smartphones and tablets starts from a young age as mothers use these devices to distract their toddlers as they get a little time to themselves. As the toddlers' toys and outdoor activities are replaced by technology, primary learning is also taking a shift towards technology. Institutions all over the world are equipping their classrooms with the most advanced technologies, with devices like interactive touch screens. particularly Smartboards, to enhance not only how the teachers deliver their lessons but how their students learn these lessons. In this article, you’ll find the ways in which Smart Boards enhance the learning process for students in K-12 classrooms.
How smartboards in classrooms enhance the learning process for students:
Students, especially those of primary grades learn much better when they are fully engaged. Smartboards provide a route to hands-on learning which helps students be fully engaged in lessons and thus, learn better. According to a research study,(should link it to the study) kindergarten students enjoy touching the smartboard and are keen on answering questions and participating when it involves working on a smartboard. Collaborative class activities that involve multiple students working on one smartboard are made easy using our range of multi-touch input smartboards.
With visuals complementing a lesson, students are more likely to understand concepts better and recall them with the help of visuals. Teachers can also emphasize specific concepts by showing visuals and adding elements that would help in developing a better understanding.
Students learning with an interactive whiteboard.
Different Learning Styles
By using the smartboard technology in the classroom teachers can accommodate various learning/teaching styles that can help each student learn better. For example, students that are visual learners can see various elements on the screen that would help them learn better. On the other hand, students that are tactile learners, they can learn better by touching the board and interacting with the elements
The teacher makes learning exciting using a smartboard.
Students with Disabilities
Smartboards can greatly assist students that have certain disabilities to learn better. For example, teachers can help students with ADHD by using smart boards by keeping their lessons well-structured and getting these students involved in the lessons. Students with disabilities that cannot write or hold pens can draw using their fingers on interactive boards like Smart Board’s 4084. And lastly, Students with autism can develop better communication skills by group collaboration on the Smartboard.
A person with special abilities using a smartboard.
Better Assessing Techniques
Quizzes and assessments can be made much more interactive and in general better learning experiences. Multiple-choice assessments can be conducted in primary to elementary classrooms. These would help students participate more and actually get an understanding of why they're being assessed, and this also reduces the chances of cheating. With the help of Smart Boards such as Promethean Activ Panel that have built-in software specially designed for classroom and hand-held response systems, quizzes and assessments can actually be made fun!
Students taking a class quiz on a smartboard.
Pre-installed Lessons & Online Resources
Smartboards make the instructors' life much easier while making lessons interesting for the students. Learning software such as Oktopus & Zuni Learning Tree has pre-installed lessons for K-12 classrooms according to the subject the teacher may want to teach. Smartboards also provide instant access to online resources so the teacher would not have to set up a projector and show the videos on a very dull colored screen with poor sound, they can access a plethora of resources with just a few taps.