Are smart boards helpful? Well, it depends…

Interesting article from Education Week on the use of smart boards in instruction – the question of their usefulness came up with a group in Maryland that I was just working with as we were discussing technology use in the classroom. My comment was that they can be powerful, but they are still largely teacher controlled and that is my concern. Some teachers use them as little more than a projector. I would prefer that kids have the tools in their hands. I don’t see cell phones as being useful for much more than response devices. I think that 1:1 laptops are really the way to go – and that the kids have them on a 24/7 basis….just like we do with our laptops as adults.

Dan Beerens is a K-12 educational consultant and international speaker specializing in curriculum mapping and design, school improvement, teacher supervision and evaluation, and staff development. He is the author of “Evaluating Teachers for Professional Growth: Creating a Culture of Motivation and Learning” published by Corwin Press.

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