Interactive whiteboards affect learning in several ways, including raising the level of student engagement in a classroom, motivating students and promoting enthusiasm for learning. Interactive whiteboards support many different learning styles and are used in a variety of learning environments, including those catering to students with hearing and visual impairments. Research also indicates that notes taken on an interactive whiteboard can play a key role in the student review process, leading to higher levels of student attendance. In addition to the observed positive impacts on student learning, research shows that designing lessons around interactive whiteboards helps educators streamline their preparation, be more efficient in their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) integration and increase their productivity overall (SMART Technologies, 2006).
Below are suggested website links that offer teachers a range of downloadable interactive whiteboard programs for all KLAS or programs that have been designed in response to focus questions or topics.
SMART board Templates http://www1.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/SB/templates.htm
Smart Exchange http://exchange.smarttech.com/index.html#tab=0
5 Tips and Tricks for the SMART board
EduTeacher provides a quick demonstrational video with tips and tricks to make use of the SMART board and it’s applications in your classroom!