This article outlines five ways in which SMART Boards can be successfully used within the classroom. One of the examples that really struck me, something I never even considered, was that SMART boards “Minimize the need for eyes at the back of the head.” When a teacher uses dry-erase boards they are constantly turning to write on the board, which puts their back towards the class. With SMART boards the teachers can use PowerPoints and interactive websites which can grab the students attention and minimize the amount of time the teachers “turn their backs.”
The second example that really stood out to me was “Providing academic and digital learning.” The SMART Board can be adjusted to accommodate the needs of the students within different lessons such as math or history. In math, students can be shown pictures of cubes or be asked to use virtual tools. For history, students may not only read about something but take ‘visual tours’ of the places and things they are learning about.