A pioneer in supplying interactive whiteboards, SMART Technologies Inc. describes how this tool can contribute to the primary classroom.
Magic in a Primary Classroom
By Nancy Knowlton, SMART Technologies Inc., Canada
There’s a certain buzz in a primary classroom – 20 or so little bodies bursting with energy, barely able to stay in their seats or sit still. Unbounded energy, an excitement for life and generally sunny dispositions greet primary teachers every day. Putting all of that energy to work on the task at hand and channelling it to focus on learning are the primary teacher’s challenge.
Certainly in the early years a primary teacher’s job starts with the most basic of behavioural challenges – getting the children to concentrate or at the very least not disturb others as they concentrate. Add an interactive whiteboard to a classroom and another element comes to life. Younger children are particularly keen to participate. They love to be chosen to go to the board to show what they know or perform a task.
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In the early- and mid-1990s when the interactive whiteboard was being introduced, primary teachers saw an immediate application. They had long been asking pupils to come to the front of the classroom to solve a problem on a chalk board or whiteboard. For those teachers wishing to bring the added dimension of technology to everyday teaching and learning, the interactive whiteboard was a comfortable extension of a tried-and-true teaching strategy.
Very quickly primary teachers became devoted users for several reasons:
Meeting special needs
Beyond the normal attention challenges in a primary classroom, teachers are faced with many types of special needs of primary students. Through the years we have seen how interactive whiteboards can meet the special needs of a large number of these children.
A rewarding experience
Teachers have told us about their strategies for gaining co-operation and attention in class.
These simple things put fun into the learning experience and meet the needs of both teachers and students.
One of my favorite expressions is “A mind is like a parachute. It works best when it is open”. Igniting the will to learn in those open minds is the magic that primary teachers make every day.
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SMART Technologies Inc. is the supplier of the SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard.