Not only do you
provide products worthy of an educator’s time and energy that engage the over
stimulated student, but you provide Personal Development (PD) to use these
products even better!
Typical PD usually is
far from where I am, cost too much, or are not what I expected and a complete
let down from the course description. However, I have taken several online
courses and classes from SMART and the SMART Learning Space and they are truly
valuable and worth your time.
My favorite training
was during my SMART Certified Lesson Developer (SCLD) course. This is a
packaged course where, at completion and passing the final test, earns one’s
SCLD Certification. All these courses helped me hone in my skills on creating
effective engaging lessons for all my students. By far my favorite was the
Lesson Development Workshop. This hands-on course takes you step by step on how
to maximize your lessons for maximum student engagement. I not only improved my
lesson design, but I met and worked with a SMART instructor and other
colleagues (class members) with ideas, suggestions, and their own experiences
to bring to the class. It was priceless!
Each of these courses
changed the way I think about lessons for my students. Yes, there is
interactivity, but how effective is the lesson was key. For example, thinking
about how it looks to students is completely different to how it would look to
me. Simple, yet so powerful.
I absolutely recommend
taking a peek at SMART’s new Training Guide. You will not be disappointed!
Wow! I would LOVE this technology now! I have a SMART Board 800 series, but this would take it to a whole NEW level! Incredible! Amazing what students, teachers, educators, business people, EVERYONE could do with this kind of technology!!!
There's our SMART Bar!!! I need one!!
It is just amazing what SMART is thinking of and what it could do for our classrooms and world! Wow!
There is a new English and grammar software available for our SMARTboards! It is Grammar Rulz by Maupin House.
I like this software (on CD Rom when you order) in that it has pre-made slides and pages for students to use as Daily Oral Language (DOL). It is clear, concise, and goes right along with history topics. It is simple to use for teachers and students.
Where the software lacks is in it's content. I'd like the content to focus on middle school history and topics and this seems to be more directed at sixth grade content. Alhtough, this software will help new teachers with their SMARTboard, I feel it lacks interactivity. I just wanted to see more from the software.
I would definiately pass this on to my beginner SMARTboard users at my site.
There are new lessons re coming to SMART! nd I know science teachers will be happy about the lessons from aegom!
These lessons are full of graphics, sound, activities, explainations, and even SMART Response questions built right in! My favorite is the activity where the lesson shows how your skin is an orgon communicating with the brain!
To make it easier for the teachers, aegon has built in notes and a key to plan your lesson.
Cyberbullying can happen anywhere, any time, and annoymously. Our students are at a high risk, but so are teachers, staff, and parents! We MUST arm ourselves to protect each other.
At OJHS we have had Rachel's Challenge come and vist and talk about the impact students have on each other. And this goes for in person, and online. We, as educators, advocates, parents, and community leaders, MUST inform our students about the dangers of cyberbullying. They need to know the consequences and the hurt that can go along with any messege online.
We also must educate our students. Sometimes what students (even adults!) think as a joke can be hurtful. We must teach our students to know the difference. We also need to teach our students to take a stand when they see or hear bullying happening. Don't be an innocent bystander! Help out! Let someone know if you or someone you know are being bullied. Don't keep silent! Block the person on your social sites and cell phone. You don't have to take the hurt!
We must teach our students to think. THINK before clicking that "send" button. Could that message be misconstrude? Could it be taken as hurtful? Anything online, even when thought public, can be seen! Think twice before sharing with the world!
And protect your passwords. DON'T give them to anyone! They could be used against you and hurt in the long run.
As a teacher, I have seen/heard about the pain cyberbullying causes. We can stop it, if we become a Cyber Hero!!
Great course! Adults should take it and learn from it!
Our local Oakdale Education Foundation was kind enough to grant my SMARTBoard 800 grant. They saw, just like me, how valuable SMART Tech's new board is!
This particular board has multi-touch. Which means, I can have two students, with both their hands, interact with the board! It has not only changed my teaching, but how my students learn.
I have always had DOL races on my SMARTboard. But before, I would have students go one at a time to correct sentences within a minute. Now, I have two students go, each writing in a different color, and wow! These kids really go for it! It has changed the dynamic of the room.
Notes, games, lessons, they are more interactive and more engaging...which means I have more of my students attention! Which in turn, leads to more learning retention. It's wonderful!!!