Effectively managing time in the classroom is an essential part of a teacher’s day. With so many subjects to cover and a limited amount of time to do it in, finding ways to make the most out of those hours is a constant process. Fortunately, many teachers have found that using an interactive white board in the classroom increases their productivity and helps them present more meaningful lessons to their students. According to a study conducted by Karen Swan of the University of Illinois at Springfield*, there was a positive difference in performance on standardized math and language arts tests for students whose teachers utilized interactive white boards over students whose teachers did not. By using a smart board in your lessons, you can help your students achieve greater success in their educational pursuits. Below are ten ways in which smart boards can help you increase the productivity in your classroom.
1. Save and Access Files-Using smart boards gives you the ability to save files during your lesson prep and then access them again when you’re ready to teach. This saves you time by allowing you to project your lesson outline or lecture notes directly from your smart board rather than having to transfer it onto the classroom white board or onto overhead projector sheets. It also allows you to use font effects such as bold, italics, and colors to highlight important points and draw the students’ attention to key aspects of your lesson.
2. Reduce Wordy Lectures with Media Clips- Smart boards provide a unique lesson planning benefit: they allow you to easily incorporate video clips, pictures, diagrams, and other visuals into your lesson. Rather than spending time trying to describe certain topics or processes to your students, show them a video you’ve loaded onto your interactive white board. This decreases the amount of time you need to spend talking and helps you make more effective use of the hours you have with your class.
3. Spend Less Time on Review by Increasing Comprehension- Since interactive white boards allow you to include media in your lessons, students may be better able to grasp the concepts being taught. As you reduce the time you spend lecturing, you can increase the amount of material that your students comprehend. This results in you having to spend less time on subject review and instead allows you to move your class forward to the next important topic.
4. Improve Lesson Organization- The use of smart boards for lesson planning and preparation provides a higher level of organization. Hand writing lesson notes can mean making multiple copies as you think and re-think your plans. Making additions, taking things out, or moving things around in the order of your lecture can make hand written notes messy, disorganized, and difficult to follow. Utilizing an interactive white board in your planning process allows you to easily shift thoughts, ideas, and topic order around without having to write out a new outline.
5. Add or Remove Notes During Your Lesson- Rather than spending the time trying to fit new notes or concepts on the classroom board during your lesson, use your interactive white board to quickly insert new thoughts or concept points while you teach. This allows you to save a copy of your new notes so you can easily recall what was discussed during your lesson. It also ensures your students have a chance to copy down the new points you brought up. Smart boards allow you to remove material or shift it to another lesson as you lecture as well. This helps you keep track of what you actually covered during a particular lesson, reduces student confusion in copying down notes for material not discussed, and allows you to get a jump start on your next lesson’s organization.
6. Save Time and Paper- Interactive white boards give you the freedom to project quizzes, tests, essay questions, writing prompts, and more for your entire class to see. This means you no longer have to waste time or paper in making countless copies for each lesson. Simply create the questions or prompts you’d like the class to work on, save the file, and then display them from your smart board when you come to class.
7. Increase Student Engagement and Reduce Classroom Management Time- Utilizing interactive white boards in your classroom can help you decrease the amount of time you need to spend in student discipline and attention redirection. Since the smart board is able to create lessons that can’t be duplicated with a classroom white board alone, it can be more effective at grasping your students’ attention and engaging them in what is being taught. More engrossed students can mean less problems with behavior or attention which results in you being able to use your teaching time more effectively.
8. Improve the Quality of Student Notes- Since smart boards allow you to incorporate many different teaching tools into your lessons, students are often able to more clearly picture or understand a concept being taught. This allows them to take better notes as they translate their new understanding into words that have meaning for them. This can also lead to higher test scores since students can more easily recall the concepts that were taught from the notes they were able to take.
9. Increase Student Self-Confidence- The tools provided by the interactive white board allow you to create lessons that students are able to more easily understand. This can help them achieve greater self-confidence as they complete homework, study for tests, and then take those tests in the classroom. The increased comprehension they may gain from the media and organizational options delivered by smart boards can help them feel more secure in their abilities to perform well on their school work.
10. Make Your Lessons Memorable- Increase the amount of time your students remember concepts by engaging them with interactive white boards. Help them understand important subjects for more than just a few weeks or months. By creating memorable lessons by using smart boards, you’ll be able to give your students knowledge that can stay with them for a lifetime.