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5 Smartboard Activities That Are Useful For Educators

There are plenty of smartboard activities that teachers can bring into their classroom, to great effect. Those skeptical of the technology might wonder just what educators can do with it, but once teachers see it in action, that skepticism tends to melt away. Today’s students are geared up for technology like never before, and by the time they start school, they might even be able to outmaneuver their teachers with it. Taking advantage of this natural acumen is why schools opt for interactive display technology in the first place, and with a wealth of software to enhance the classroom experience, it’s a decision that is well rewarded.There are plenty of smartboard activities that teachers can bring into their classroom, to great effect. Those skeptical of the technology might wonder just what educators can do with it, but once teachers see it in action, that skepticism tends to melt away. Today’s students are geared up for technology like never before, and by the time they start school, they might even be able to outmaneuver their teachers with it. Taking advantage of this natural acumen is why schools opt for interactive display technology in the first place, and with a wealth of software to enhance the classroom experience, it’s a decision that is well rewarded.

What kind of smartboard activities can educators incorporate into their lessons?

Interactive display software is engineered with students of all ages in mind, from kindergarten to high school seniors. Some of this software will be familiar to any teacher that has used similar technology before, but some of it is unique to a particular brand, like CleverTouch. In general, though, what can a teacher expect from their interactive display?
  1. Lesson planning and delivery software – Lectures have been the preferred method of lesson delivery for centuries, but interactive displays can take them up several degrees. Teachers can integrate images and media into their lectures, providing a multi-pronged approach to engaging students.
  2. Procedural math and science software – Science is all about experimentation, but setting up labs for a couple dozen students can be a trying experience. Modern math and science software, though, can simulate a variety of experiments without the need for physical materials. And instead of teaching a single concept, this streamlined approach to labs means students can set up and run several experiments during a single period.
  3. Split-screen functionality – If only one student could operate the display at a time, it would be limited in its effectiveness. Modern displays, though, can be divided up for use with several students at once, allowing each student to access the smartboard activities they want to use. This could be number or letter games, art software or shared quizzes that make learning a friendly competition.
  4. Endless third party applications – Interactive display manufacturers are often partnered with many software development firms to provide additional content for their displays. Third party applications come in an incredible variety, and can provide an entertaining way to teach any content, to any level. Even better, third party applications do not force any type of transaction to unlock functionality, so every application comes complete.
  5. In-lesson assessment – Perhaps the most impressive function that comes with interactive displays is software that allows teachers to produce a quick quiz that is sent to every student’s device. This may only be one or two questions, but it provides instant feedback to the teacher, letting them know what concepts need further emphasis.
Interactive displays are already a mainstay in districts around the U.S., and with so many activities to choose from, it won’t be long before they are the dominant approach to lesson delivery.