Interactive Whiteboards are in our classrooms. There are many uses for them beyond showing YouTube videos or Curricular-themed movies. One of the most powerful ways is to use Smart Notebook software for lesson plans, assessments, and more.
If you’re not sure how to use SMART Notebook, the handy dandy folks over in IT Services have a site that contains tutorials on the many features of SMART Notebook. These tutorials were created by the 6-8 Technology Integrator and I have referred to them on many occasions.
One of the easiest ways to use Smart Notebook is to use the Smart Gallery Essentials, and the Lesson Activity Toolkit that’s located within SMART Notebook. These two features allow you to create lessons on the fly. In no time, you can easily create a map activity, phonics lesson, math lesson, and more!
Our IT Services Department has a great SMART Notebook site that contains lessons from staff that can work well in various settings. If there is not a lesson that suits your students needs, there is a multitude of lessons on the SMART Exchange.
Leveraging the interactivity of a SMART board can provide students that require a different modality of instruction the opportunity to move around and experience content in a more Universally Designed approach, which ultimately benefits the student. Try integrating a SMART Notebook lesson int0 your classroom practice!