This post is well and truly overdue! In keeping with my Whiteboard challenge, and following on from last week’s first Whiteboard Workout post, here is the second installment. I was originally planning to post these workouts on Wednesdays, but Friday might be a better day I think – get the week out of the way and then write all about it!
Since my last post, this is how I have used my SMART Board:
1. Well! We had a few fabulous trips around the world using Google Earth! I’ve shown some of the kids Google Earth before, but not in any detail and not for long. This week most of my classes got a chance to fly all over the globe, and them come up to the board and ‘throw’ the earth (spin it by flicking their finger across the board). I took a video of one of our trips with SMART Recorder, but have left that at school and I’m typing this at home, otherwise I would have included it! I’ll add it in next week. So, the SMART Board was used not only to enhance Google Earth, but we recorded it so we can watch it again later. Kids could do this with any journey they need to take around the world and then post it on their blogs.
Another fabulous thing we did whilst on our world wide tours, was to use the screen capture function on the SMART Board and take a quick shot of whereever we were at the time. (Again, I had the intent of bringing this file home with me too for this post, but alas, it is still on the school network. Hmm, rushing to get out of school on Friday and things get forgotten …:-) This screen capture function was used to create evidence of the fact that students had found a particular place I had asked them to find.
2. This term I am introducing lots of new words and characters to my students. The second way I used the SMART Board was again with the SMART recorder. I had set up some different activities around my classroom so I wasn’t working with the kids on the board all the time. They had to record themselves writing some characters they already knew, and then have a go at some new ones. I then get to watch the videos they have made and see what their stroke order for the characters is like, but also it will be great to keep these to show the kids at the end of the term when they are more confident with the characters.
In this short clip you can see students writing characters and using the record and pause functions on the recorder:
In this one you can see students watching (well, they were supposed to be!) a recording the completed:
Now, I am not the only one doing this challenge so I’d like to direct you to the blog posts of Isabelle Jones and Helena Butterfield who are writing about how they use their SMART Boards too. Isabelle writes about some team games she played with her students, and Helena commits herself to posting about her escapades when she gets back from holiday next week!
Next week, like Isabelle, I’d like to use the Notebook software more, so stay tuned for that…
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